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November 22, 2011 > ESL teacher receives Wonderopolis grant

ESL teacher receives Wonderopolis grant

Submitted By Sherie Tillman

Editor's note: Fremont Adult School ESL teacher Sherie Tillman says, "It's a joy and so rewarding to work with my students." The following is her personal response to receiving a grant from Wonderopolis.

I am a teacher with the Fremont Adult School. Specifically, for the past nine years, I have been teaching CBET Family Literacy classes. These classes are geared to provide English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to parents or other family members who, in turn, pledge to tutor their children in English. The classes are different than other ESL classes in that they are held at the children's school and are geared to helping parents get involved with their children's education. We also have a library in our class where parents can check out books and games to take home and play with their children.

In August, I submitted an application for the Wonderopolis "Family Literacy Grant" and was notified that I would receive a $500 award, provided by Better World Books.

Wonderopolis ( is a fun learning website where parents and children can learn something new together every day. It's an easy way to get a dinner conversation started or a topic of discussion for the car.

I intend to use the money to first get computers into homes of families who don't have them. Next, I would like to supplement the information from Wonderopolis with books for our library and give incentives to parents to use the site with their families.

Wonderopolis is sponsored by the National Family Literacy Center and funded by Verizon.

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