Students learn second language
By Jan Rahn
As word spread, numbers expanded, and what began as a summer learning project turned into a nine-month school term for individuals in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program.
Venedith Vargas, who organized the class and served as its instructor, said she was brainstorming last August about a way to contribute to the community that had so warmly welcomed her and her children to the area.
The Vargases moved here from Mexico and lived with Pastor Nora and Dave Mendyk.
Vargas asked members of the Grant United Methodist Church for suggestions of any Spanish speaking people who would be interested in learning English, or vice versa.
After beginning at the parsonage, attendance expanded so fast that more space was needed and the class was moved to the church.
As classes continued and progress was achieved, the students were enrolled in the adult education program at Mid Plains Community College, said Vargas.
“The group of ladies took the post test showing improved results,” she said. “It has been a rewarding experience from August to May to see the group enjoy every day and dedicate to learning.”
Vargas instructed six students in her ESL class.