By Danielle Lankford, Guadalupe School Communications Specialist
So, what’s this gala all about?
Every year, our annual gala has been a celebration of the accomplishments of Guadalupe School and a time to look forward and raise money for the goals ahead. This year, though, is extra special because it is our fiftieth birthday, and so we’re changing things up a bit and throwing a swinging birthday party!
If you are able to make it, here’s what you can expect:
If you aren’t already convinced that you should attend for the live music, awesome prizes, and delicious food, there’s one more big reason you should think about buying a ticket: to support fifty years of welcoming Salt Lake City’s immigrants through education. For every full price ticket, dance party ticket, and donation made at the event, funds will go directly to our programs. It is only through the generosity of the community that this “crazy dream” of Guadalupe School started back in 1966. We need your help to carry it on.
Ok, I’m ready to party! Where do I sign up?
To purchase tickets, call us at 801.531.6100 Ext. 105 or go to our Eventbrite page.
Full tickets at $150 each include dinner, two drink tickets, the full program, and prize opportunities
Dance party tickets start at $15 each and include access to the dance floor when Todo Mundo kicks up the volume at 9 PM
Or, ask us about volunteering the night of the event.
Guadalupe School is incredibly grateful to UBS Bank USA, who has been a long time supporter of our programs and is sponsoring this event.
By David Lipschitz, Adult Education Tutor
I have been hanging around Guadalupe School for the last 13 years, and I teach the Tuesday group. With this many years at Guadalupe under my belt, I still feel the same excitement and enthusiasm for coming to Guadalupe as I did 13 years ago (despite the School moving north and my 20 block bike ride when I miss the bus!)
Guadalupe is a unique experience where we can be aware of the problems and difficulties many other people face, all based on language, communication and their status in another country. It’s a problem-solving place where we can help our students learn English even though they have a job they need to spend so much time doing, families to take care of the rest of the time, and all the hoops to jump through dealing with issues of their legal status in the country.
Throughout the years of tutoring, I have always had great students who have shown a willingness to learn and work hard during class. I like the small groups so we can get to know each other and learn about the things we all do. We have a fun and animated class and humor plays an important role. Trying to make students feel comfortable at the School and in the group and making sure everyone is included is also important.
I like to add humor to the lesson. First, because I like humor, and second, to see if the students get it – which I feel is an important aspect of their learning a different language.
It’s also important that all students are challenged in the class to improve their English proficiency, and the skill of the tutor is having everyone progressing according to their abilities. Impromptu testing of each student by the tutor is important for the tutor to gain insight into how the students are doing and if they need to work more on something.
I feel grateful to the staff at Guadalupe for holding things together in the face of oftentimes arduous situations, and for giving us tutors the opportunity to be of service and benefit from being there. I sometimes wonder who is benefiting more, the tutors or the students!
April 10-16 is National Volunteers Week! We could not accomplish all the work we do here at Guadalupe School without the tireless work and dedication of our volunteers. So, in the spirit of honoring those who make our community a better place, we thought we'd let them tell you why they do it. Why do you choose to volunteer? Leave us a comment!
By Rich Rasband, Principal
Parents and students, starting Tuesday May 10, Guadalupe School will begin administering the SAGE Test. This is a very important time of the school year, because students will have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned throughout the year. We want all of our students to do their best on this test. The following tips will help you be successful on the test.