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Summer is for Service in Tewksbury Schools

August 26, 2018

TEWKSBURY -- Students in the Tewksbury Summer School program worked on a service-learning project for several weeks over the summer.

Service learning is a process through which school-aged students collaborate with a community partner to solve a problem or meet a need in the community. Students gain knowledge and develop new skills as they work toward completing the project they design.

After a visit from Karen Hodgson, lead teacher for Tewksbury’s English Language Learner program, students in grades 7-12 learned that the students in Tewksbury who are English language learners, especially those in elementary school, have difficulty retaining their English language skills throughout the summer months.

Hodgson asked for help, and the students responded. Together, they created a variety of children’s games aimed at allowing English language learners to practice their language skills while providing them with increased confidence as they return to their academics in September.

The students delivered the games to Hodgson during a gathering at Tewksbury Memorial High School to celebrate a successful collaboration.

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