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SIS class learn Spanish
The Art Effect class at Stanly Industrial Services (SIS) in Albemarle is learning Spanish. Casey Butler, developmental specialist, is teaching the group simple Spanish words and phrases as part of cultural exploration and artistic expression.

Spanish-culture-traditionThe class is learning about different cultures and decided they wanted to learn more about Latin America and the Spanish culture. Butler, who has taken Spanish courses, started by teaching the group numbers, colors and simple Spanish phrases like: “What time it is?” and “Where are we?”

“We want to teach them simple words and sentences as survival skills to help if they were ever lost in a community where the people spoke Spanish, and not English,” explained Butler, who said the art class is also making brightly colored wind chimes from wooden spoons and painted scenes from Latin America.

In addition to creating art and learning some of the Spanish language, the class has learned some Spanish recipes. They are learning to make taco pies and plan to make quesadillas. During class, they also pretended to be Spanish restaurateurs. They created names for their restaurants and translated those names in Spanish, created menus that offered Spanish cuisine and learned budgeting for their new businesses.

Butler said the class is incorporating curriculum that includes not just art, but science and math. Past topics have included weather and meteorology; they have made their own volcanoes and created tornadoes in a bottle. The class is also learning about healthy eating by making lists of healthy foods, learning about food safety, food portions, and making menus so they can continue their healthy eating. The class has already selected England as their next cultural topic.

Volunteers to be honored
CelebrateSIS will host a volunteer appreciation ceremony at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 to honor the dozens of individuals who give back to the community by providing exemplary service. Partner agencies where people we support volunteer to help the community and local people in need have also been invited. Certificates will be presented to each person supported who volunteers.

This volunteer recognition event aligns with National Volunteer Week, held April 21-27, which is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of our civic leadership. The week draws the support and endorsement of the president and Congress, governors, mayors and municipal leaders, as well as corporate and community groups across the country.

For more information about the event, contact Sandy Hendrick at (704) 986-7221 or Kerry Martin at (704) 986-7283.

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