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Community Based Learning Opportunities


CBL Opportunities for 2014

“F&M Su Casa Story Tellers”:

F&M Spanish students will plan and run story-time programs in Spanish and English. The programs will possibly consist of storytelling, acting out stories, skits, songs, rhymes and/or crafts.


  • To interact with families whose primary language is Spanish, who would like to reinforce Spanish language skills in their children
  • To interact with families who are generally interested in the Spanish language and Latino culture and would like to reinforce Spanish language skills in their children
  • Families who are generally interested in the Spanish language and Latino/Hispanic cultures and stories
  • To be familiar with certain Hispanic stories and legends that relate to children.
  • To be able to read and understand texts in Spanish with more complex syntax and vocabulary than the syntax and vocabulary one can produce.


Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St, Lancaster, PA, 17602

Dates and times:


Saturday, February 8th 1pm-2pm Bates Auditorium

Saturday, March 22nd 1pm-2pm Bates Auditorium

Saturday, April 19th 1pm-2pm Bates Auditorium

The service

The “F&M Su Casa Story Tellers” is a community service in which F&M Spanish students will present/perform a prepared cultural reading/musical selection to a select audience and interact with that audience via a related craft or activity. In 2013-2014, the program will be held at the Lancaster Public Library. Children & Teen Services Manager Jessica Blasko is present at the programs.

 “San Juan Bautista Tutors/Mentors

Iglesia Católica San Juan Bautista is the only Hispanic parish in the Diocese of Harrisburg dedicated particularly to the spiritual and temporal needs of Hispanics in the County of Lancaster. F&M Spanish students will provide tutoring and mentoring to elementary and middle-school age children of the parish whose primary language is Spanish.


  • To build relationships and serve as a tutor/mentor/model with elementary and middle-school age children whose primary language is Spanish
  • To be familiar with certain aspects of the Hispanic culture in Lancaster as it relates to schooling



 San Juan Bautista Youth, 441 S Lime St, Lancaster, PA 17602

Days and times for Spring:

Mondays – Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 (approximately).

Students are encouraged to participate for three weeks.

The service:

F&M Spanish students will provide 2 hours of tutoring/mentoring for elementary and middle school age children in the parish of San Juan Bautista. During the first of the service, F&M students interact with the children in Spanish through games and sports. The interaction in the second hour of the service could be in Spanish and English as F&M students tutor the children in reading, math, and general homework assignments. The After School Program Director, Steve Pizzo, is present at these mentoring/tutoring sessions.

Students are asked to sign up for one day a week for at least three weeks. The consistency of attendance of is needed to establish a relationship with the child. Clearances are needed to participate in this service. Dr. Chambers will provide assistance in filling out the necessary forms.

“Creating Spanish Public Service Announcements ”

F&M Spanish students will create short Spanish vocabulary lessons to be broadcast as Public Service Announcements on Telecentro. Telecentro is the only bilingual, educational, cable access channel in Lancaster.


  • To produce and classified vocabulary in Spanish
  • To pronounce the classified vocabulary in Spanish well enough that it is suitable for broadcasting
  • To be familiar with certain aspects of bilingual programming.


WLCH, Telecentro, 453 South Lime St., Suite D, Lancaster, PA, 17602

Days suggested for Spring:

Feb. 20, 2014

March 20, 2014

April 17, 2014

The service:

F&M Spanish students will create short, classified vocabulary lessons or capsules in Spanish that will serve as Public Service Announcements. The lessons might possibly be in the form of a power point narrated by the student or as an exchange with another student. The students will conceive of and write the lessons. They will tape their lessons at the  TV studio choosing to voice over or actually appear in their Public Service Announcement. The finished product will be broadcast on Telecentro.

One-time opportunities for the spring of 2014:

Adelante’s APPLE Program- students are needed to create activities for Spanish speaking children while their parents attend a Parental Leadership Program session. There will be one session per month (Jan- April). Dates and location are to be announced. Students are asked to provide at least 3 hours of service.

Attendees will be both Spanish and English speaking.

For more information, please contact Professor Donna Chambers at