Sunday, February 27, 2011

BHS AP Spanish Students Visit YWCA's Fina House in Lawrence

Guest Post by Mrs. Renee Dacey (BHS AP Spanish Teacher)

Burlington High School’s Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish students attended a field trip on February 15th to the YWCA Fina House located in Lawrence, MA. Fina House is a shelter for teenage mothers and their children and homeless women recovering from domestic violence.  Students participated in group discussions lead by YWCA employees.   Throughout the discussions, they learned about the services provided to the women living in the shelter, including job training, education support and counseling services.  Also, students had the opportunity to take a tour of the apartment complex in order to witness first hand the living accommodations offered to the young mothers and their children.  Students were encouraged to ask questions and share what they found most surprising about the facts and statistics learned throughout the day.  

In addition, students heard from two community members of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, Vilma and Maricelis, about the influence of Hispanic culture and traditions in the Lawrence community.  Both Vilma and Maricelis shared their life experience growing up as a Hispanic in the United States and expressed how that has influenced them to give back to the immigrant community of Lawrence.  At the conclusion of the trip, students were excited to indulge in delicious Hispanic cuisine: empanadas con queso y carne, prepared by a local community member.

Mrs. Dacey and her AP Spanish students would like to thank Principal Larkin for his support in making this field trip a success.  Thank you for providing the transportation to and from the site in order for our BHS students to experience a rich educational learning opportunity within the Hispanic community of Lawrence.

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