The District is hosting the first annual World Language Summit tonight at 5:30 p.m to raise awareness for their language programs. The Summit will be set up as an open house at the Indian Creek Technology Center, where each language will have a room for booths and performances and students’ work will be displayed in specified hallways.

East will be represented by students from Chinese classes levels 1-4 as well as some from the French National Honors Society. Spanish, Latin, German, Arabic, Russian and Japanese will have rooms and performances as well. SMSD’s World Language Resource Specialist Mike Flenthrope organized this event and hopes this Summit will give students a chance to show their language competency and knowledge of their language’s culture.

“The purpose is to showcase and inform the community of the eight language programs and to give students the opportunity to showcase work and perform,” Flenthrope said.

Teachers have volunteered from various schools to participate so although each language is represented, each school that offers that language will not necessarily be participating. Each language will have booths with displays of their language’s culture along with food, and performances of songs, dances or skits.

The district invites students from around the district as well as community members to come and hopes that this will be a new annual event on the district’s calendar. The district is also promoting an immersion camp for students who have completed the third level in a particular language in June. If interested, more information will be posted on SMSD website under summer programs.