Richland One Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Language Immersion Program Addition at Carver-Lyon Elementary
Richland One held a ribbon cutting ceremony on January 23 to celebrate the opening of the language immersion program addition at Carver-Lyon Elementary School.
The state-of-the-art, 21,215 square-foot addition includes 12 classrooms, an extended learning commons area, faculty office support spaces and additional parking. Two classrooms in the existing building were completely renovated to allow the connection of the new addition.
The Richland One Language Immersion Program began in August 2016 at Carver-Lyon. Students enrolled in the program are taught in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese or French half of the school day and in English the other half of the school day.
Carver-Lyon Principal Dr. Monica Adams believes being in the language immersion program has many academic benefits for students and that it will provide them with competitive advantages after high school and college.
“These students will stand out in the job market,” said Dr. Adams. “They’re going to have a better vocabulary and better problem-solving skills. If a student from Carver-Lyon wants to have a career where they have to be proficient in Spanish, Mandarin or French, Richland One has the ability to make that happen.”
During the ceremony, students in the language immersion program spoke about how important it is to learn multiple languages.
“Learning Spanish is very important for my future and to communicate with other people who speak Spanish,” Spanish language immersion student Nahla Smith said in Spanish during the ribbon-cutting program.
Dr. Teresa Turner, project director for Richland One’s Magnet Schools Grant and former principal at Carver-Lyon, has shared the language immersion program’s success with the U.S. Department of Education.
“We’re pleased with the growth this program has made at Carver-Lyon,” said Dr. Turner. “We look forward to all of the beautiful things that will come out of this new building.”
The district’s language immersion program expanded to the middle school level this school year. The middle school program is housed at Hand Middle School.
“It takes a great team in this district to provide our young people the options and opportunities they deserve,” said Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon. “The future begins with our students.”
Click here to learn more about Richland One’s language immersion program.
Richland One is accepting magnet program applications for the 2023-2024 school year. Language immersion and other magnet programs are open to all Richland One students. The application deadline is January 31. For information about all of the district’s magnet programs and to apply, click here.
PHOTO CAPTION: Richland One held a ribbon cutting ceremony on January 23 to celebrate the opening of the language immersion program addition at Carver-Lyon Elementary School. Ribbon-cutting participants included Carver-Lyon students and parents, Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon, Richland One Board Chairwoman Cheryl Harris, Commissioner Jamie L. Devine and Carver-Lyon Principal Dr. Monica Adams.