VIDEO: Foundation For Saline Area Schools Backs Love of Language

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 09/26/2012 - 02:59


All the World’s a Stage.

The Foundation for Saline Area Schools wants to make Saline High School graduates stars on that stage.

At Tuesday morning’s Building a Foundation Breakfast, held on the stage of the Ellen A Ewing Performing Arts Center at Saline High School, the foundation launched the “Love of Language” campaign to raise $75,000.

During the breakfast, 16 Saline High School foreign language students visited the tables of local community leaders to speak in their new language and to share their experiences about what they’ve learned from their pursuit. The participating students were Chad Antonelli, Marc Barbret, Delaney Berwer, Grant Gannon, Alex Kendig, Alex Konwinski, Emily Lau, Aaron Leonard, Aaron Pollack, Alexa Ross, Patricia Sholtis, Florian VanKampen-Wright, Mara Van Sickle, Eric Wharton, Clara Wong, Delphanie Wu, Natalie Wysocki and Patrick Zetterholm.

There are many reasons for choosing foreign language as this year’s initiative.

For one, the class of 2016 will need to have two foreign language classes to graduate. Superintendent Scot Graden said many Saline students are already meeting this requirement.

Another plus is that knowing foreign languages gives someone a leg up in a competitive job market.

Another important aspect, Graden said, is the process of learning at the elementary level.

“The skills used to learn another language also help students achieve in other areas,” Graden said.

As part of the initiative, the district will pick a language that all students will learn at the elementary level.

Saline Area Schools currently offers French, German and Spanish. Students can study other languages, such as Japanese, Chinese and Arabic online.

In recent years, the foundation has contributed $65,000 in support of new classroom libraries and literacy and science, technology, engineering and math curriculum in the middle school. Foundation mini-grants have supported dozens of educational initiatives throughout the district.

For more on the Foundation for Saline Area Schools, visit

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