Schools help families leap language hurdle

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Posted: November 14, 2013

The Winchester Star

Leyda Fernandez, 8, reads one of the many books that were offered free to students attending the R.E. Aylor Middle School ESL family night on Wednesday. Leyda was with her siblings and parents, Leydamar Latimer and Fernando Fernandez of Middletown.
Lisa Knick, English as a Second Language teacher at R.E. Aylor Middle School, speaks at ESL night. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Christine Simoneaux, 12, paints a Hello Kitty on the cheek of Natalie Lopez, 7, Wednesday night at R.E. Aylor Middle School. Natalie and her mother, Sara Marin, and siblings were participating in the school’s second ESL family night. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)

STEPHENS CITY — Fernando Fernandez and Leydamar Latimer moved to the U.S. from Puerto Rico seven months ago.

Their English is limited, and they don’t want their children to have similar difficulties.…

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