BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD / WYZZ) – On Saturday, the Wesleyan University of Illinois Children’s Language School hosted a language and culture festival on campus.
Language school leaders have partnered with several community organizations to provide children with fun events such as arts and crafts, piÃ±atas, and live music, with opportunities to learn about the different cultures.
Carmela FerradÃ¡ns, director of the children’s language school, said the event had two purposes. The first is to bring the community to Illinois Wesleyan.
âThe other goal, of course, is to celebrate the cultural diversity that we have in our community. It’s hidden, but we have it, âFerradÃ¡ns said.
She pointed out that there are many ways for children to learn more about different cultures in the community, for example by enrolling in language school.
âWe offer classes in French and Spanish from Kindergarten to Grade 5,â FerradÃ¡ns said.
Randi Sutter of the Normal Public Library said the event benefits the children who attended, as well as community organizations.
âIt’s a great way for organizations to connect with each other and see how we can partner up and deliver more programs to our community,â Sutter said.
FerradÃ¡ns said seeing all the kids running around and having fun makes her smile.
âI’ve been here for 30 years teaching at Illinois Wesleyan, and it’s events like this that make me happy all around,â FerradÃ¡ns said.
Those who wish to enroll their child in the children’s language school can find more information on their website.