WSHS Spanish students create, donate children's books to library in Nicaragua

Spanish Books 2021

Students in Susan Larsen's Spanish 4 class at WSHS created children's books to send to a library in Nicaragua. Top row, left to right: Aleah Serleth, Brianna Drache, Ella Skranka, Haylee Cada. Middle row: Brigette Klonecki, Jasper Hedin, Jack Bucknam, Kyra Benson.Bottom row: Mandy Duellman, Marisa Borkowski, Paige Hermsen, Owen Ping. Not pictured: Lindsey MacLennan, Gavin Nelson, Emily Robison, Francesca Rose Meyer, Ethan Hodge, Gussie Gruhlke, Anna McCormick, Anna MacLennan.

During the first semester, students in Susan Larsen’s Spanish 4 class at Winona Senior High School created 17 children’s books to donate to Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners (affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point) for its library in Nueva Santa Celia, Nicaragua.

This project aims to provide reading materials to school lending libraries in Central America. With the financial assistance of principal Mark Anderson, the students had the opportunity to share their knowledge of the Spanish language in a beneficial and authentic way, while simultaneously contributing to a great cause. The students selflessly contributed their artistic and linguistic talents during the pandemic to share uplifting stories. The stories worked around the theme of helping each other.

Students want to give back to the community whether that is local or global. By incorporating this project into the Level 4 Spanish curriculum, these students' intrinsic motivation has increased and has allowed them to synthesize their knowledge through composing, creating, imagining and exploring language. The students are able to grow and develop confidence in their Spanish abilities as they become authors.