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King University News :: King Spanish :: Making a Difference at Girls Inc.

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 18, 2014 – Following last spring’s French and Spanish classes’ successful community service project with Girls Inc., Dr. Beatriz Macione, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and chair of Languages and Literature Department for King University, integrated a similar community service project into the classroom again this semester.

“As part of this class, students prepare Spanish lessons to teach in the after school program at Girls, Inc. in Bristol. I have incorporated this community service project into my Spanish 3020 (Advanced Skills II) as part of the course curriculum.”

The primary mission of Girls Inc. is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Currently, the network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves 136,000 girls ages 6 - 18 annually across the United States and Canada.

“We are so grateful for our partnership with King University’s foreign language students,” said Nicole Kelly Cullop, director of programs for Girls Incorporated of Bristol.

Mentoring and tutoring provide positive outcomes for children. “Our girls are so excited when the students come and talk about their language group for days after,” adds Cullop. “The girls are coming to me and talking about all the things they learn; [they] show a great excitement. We are so blessed to have such great students and advisors to support our girls and agency.”

Bonnie Durrett, a junior majoring in Spanish, said she was deeply touched by the positive changes she witnessed in each girl, especially the older students who looked to her as an example. “They valued what we had to say; we are vital role models to the younger generation.”

King senior John Greer is majoring in both English and Spanish and minoring in French. He commented that he believes that positive influences and knowledge will provide building blocks of success for [the girls’] future. “We talked about there being another world outside of the United States and outside of Tennessee.”

While studying the Spanish language at King University, these Spanish students not only gained fluency in a second language but also gained a greater understanding of stewardship and what it means to be a global citizen.


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