Alejandra Molina, assistant professor of modern languages, was quoted in the Finger Lakes Times story “Helping keep Spanish alive: Group urges parents to read to kids” from the Sunday, July 6, issue. Molina is one of the parents of bilingual children who met to brainstorm about new Spanish-speaking programs at the Geneva Free Library. Molina said keeping the Spanish language alive in the home is another way to keep barriers from coming between parents who may have limited English skills, and their children who have mastered the language.
She also spoke of the importance of reading aloud, noting that oral histories are an integral part of Hispanic culture and a way to get the parents more involved with the local schools. The latter is something that is particularly timely, with new state guidelines urging parent involvement in their children’s education and maybe more so with Latinos, Molina said.