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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Richmond Drive Elementary School student podcasts in national contest finals!

I wanted to share some exciting news I received this week and ask you to share it with anyone you know. I received notification this week from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) that both of the video podcasts that Richmond Drive Elementary 5 th grade students submitted to ACTFL’s annual Video Podcast Contest have been chosen as national finalists in the “Elementary” category! This competition is part of the “Discover Languages” campaign sponsored by ACTFL (www.discoverlangauges.org ), a campaign designed to raise awareness of the importance of learning other languages among the public at large.

We are very excited about this news at Richmond Drive and are looking forward to the next round of the competition which will take place January 15-31 . You may remember from last year that our students’ videos will now compete in a public vote, a la “American Idol” during which the public will have the opportunity to view all the finalist videos at the Web site http://www.actflvideocontest.org and vote for their favorite! Our videos are titled “Languages Really Are For Everyone” and “The Discover Languages Talk Show.”

I hope that you will take the time to log on to the site beginning tomorrow and vote for one of our videos. You will need to register an email address to vote – one vote per email address. Please share this information with anyone you know who could also support these students. They are so excited and have already begun spreading the news themselves to friends and family members!

Thank you, as always, for your support of students!

Lynn

Lynn Fulton-Archer
World Language Specialist
Rock Hill Schools / Richmond Drive Elementary

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