Missionaries teach refugee students English at Houston Middle School

Missionaries teach refugee students English at Houston Middle School

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When Trina Morford was confronted with her third-grade daughter’s language arts homework about three years ago, she felt helpless – half of the lessons were in Spanish because she was in a dual-language program. Faced for the first time with being unable to help her child, and knowing her daughter was on her own, she panicked.

But her daughter, now 13 and a student at Spring Forest Middle School, lives in the U.S. where her first language of English is the common tongue, and she was easily able to find support for her studies.

That panicked and helpless feeling was the motivation behind her bringing the “Daily Dose” project to Spring Forest, where she is a parent volunteer, and to Principal Kaye Williams when it became clear that the school was in need of ESL services because of the sudden enrollment of 30 to 40 refugee children last year at the SBISD campus.

Williams says her campus has the highest number of refugee children – 42 right now – in all of SBISD.

They all come from war-torn countries, said Williams, like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and several African nations, and many of them were born and raised in refugee camps.

Get the full story at the Houston Chronicle.

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