"Our program is one that is recognized as successfully preparing students for future success in the world."
Brookwood School's Dual Language Immersion program recently received a $2,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Education World Languages in collaboration with the Georgia Foundation for Public Education. These funds will go to support the program in the next school year.
Meleia Bridenstine, principal of Brookwood School, and Claire Kyzer, German teacher, worked on the grant together. The grant is highly competitive, with more than 60 dual language immersion schools currently in the state of Georgia, all of which were eligible to apply.
The grant will be used to purchase books and reading materials in German for the dual language classrooms.
Kyzer said the goal of any Dual Language Program is to help students become bilingual and biliterate. In order to accomplish this goal, classrooms need books in German that cover various subjects of the school curriculum.
"This grant will be used to begin to build a print-rich environment in the German classrooms," Kyzer said. "Our German Immersion students need lots and lots of books in their hands, especially German books that support their grade level STEM projects. We want our students to have access to appealing and interesting books in German at their varied reading levels. We need to order most of these books direct from Germany."
She believes that Brookwood's program stands out because it's a unique program, it has considerable community support and because of Brookwood's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education.
"We are one of the very few German Immersion programs in the State of Georgia and we are unique to the North Georgia region," Kyzer said. "We have also demonstrated that we have considerable support from the Dalton community and our program continues to increase in student numbers and classrooms. Also, there are many career opportunities with German companies for students who have both German language skills and STEM education."
The funding will continue to expand the German immersion program, and Brookwood hopes that this program will continue to prepare its students for future careers and the world.
"Our program is one that is recognized as successfully preparing students for future success in the world," Kyzer said.