AUSTIN: Help to Save Spanish Instruction in Elementary School

Robert E Elementary School (located 2 blocks north of campus ) needs your help to save the Spanish Instruction program. The program is currently funded by parents but the PTA decided to allocate money to other priorities.

The school is organizing a fundraiser event called Noche Latina on Friday April 30. The event will allow us to a) collect funds to keep paying the Spanish teacher and b) to celebrate Latin American and Latino culture in the school (which may be the first step to get more support from the school and the parents to continue Spanish instruction).

We need people who can volunteer their services for that event:

· can you design a flyer for the event?

· can you donate gift certificates, crafts, books or music for an auction?

· Are you a musician, dancer? can you perform for 20-30 minutes in the evening of April 30

Please let me know




January 28, 2010

Dear Prospective Supporter:

I am writing to seek your support for Spanish language instruction at Lee Elementary School. Your contributions will help ensure that the children at Lee are exposed to the beauty of the Spanish language and the richness of Latin American and Spanish cultures.

Lee Elementary School is a K-6 school located in the Hyde Park neighborhood. The parents and children at Lee form a diverse community, and almost 25% of the children at Lee are Latino. As you probably know, numerous studies have shown that children who are exposed to languages other than English at a young age are more likely to become fluent in another language and to understand and relate well with people of different cultures. The Spanish language instruction provided at Lee is an important part of a well-rounded curriculum that gives the children the skills they need to succeed in school and in our community.

The parents at Lee Elementary raise the money to pay for Spanish language instruction. The current annual budget for the program is approximately $13,000, which covers the Spanish teacher’s salary and the purchase of instructional materials and other costs. This amount allows for one half hour of Spanish instruction each week for each child at Lee.

Neither the Austin Independent School District nor Lee Elementary are able to provide any public funding for the language program. The Foreign Language/Spanish Committee, composed of interested parents, raises money for the program by seeking donations from individual parents, community members and businesses. The Committee also holds several fundraisers a year, including a Latin American dinner at the school shortly before the winter holidays and a newly-inaugurated Noche Latina (Latin Night) celebration of Latin American music, food, dance and sports for families at Lee.

You can contribute to the Spanish language program in several different ways. Cash donations are always gratefully accepted and will go directly to pay for the Spanish instructor’s salary. Donations of food, books, crafts, services and the like also assist us greatly to reach our fundraising goals. Food can be served at our fundraiser events, and other items can be sold or auctioned during the Noche Latina. The funds raised will directly support the Spanish program. Of course, all donations are tax-deductible.

Thank you for your support of our children as they grow and learn and thrill in the beauty of language. We could not do it without you.


Lee Foreign Language Committee

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