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By Riley, ACE Poetry Contest Mascot Who Hangs Out at Alpha Public Schools Today is my favorite day of National Poetry Month. It’s Poem in Your Pocket Day. The day you carry a poem in your pocket and read it to anyone you want. Friends, family, maybe that sad person who looks like they need a poem treat. You know me. I’ll do most anything for a treat. Just ask John. He’s my main treat giver and friend. I’ve taught him everything he knows about giving treats, especially generosity. Yup, I gotta earn those treats, but he is generous when he...read more
By Breakfast, ACE Poetry Contest Mascot, Oakland International High School, assisted by Sailaja Suresh, Director, Oakland International High School Learning Lab At Oakland International High School, all of our students are recently arrived immigrants. They have come here from over 30 different countries and are eager to learn, to grow, and to succeed in their new home in Oakland. Meow! Their story is the story of America, of building new lives, of dreaming, of working hard and finding success against all odds. Our ACE Learning Center and...read more
By Riley, ACE Poetry Contest Mascot, Assisted by Adrian Parra Salas, Teacher, ESL for Spanish Speakers at Alpha Parent Center Learning another language is difficult. Just ask John, my friend who hangs out with me and gives me treats. He is getting much better at understanding dog language, but it’s hard work. He had to learn how to say, “Do you want a pet? Do you want a treat? Do you want a walk? Do you want outside?” And he had to understand the words when I say, “Sit John. Go play John. Good boy John.” John’s a fast learner, just like...read more