Preserving heritage: One book at a time

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Mayor Jackie Biskupski will deliver her third State of the City address on Wednesday, January 31st at the Horizonte Instruction and Training Center. The annual speech addresses the major challenges and opportunities facing the Capitol City and celebrates the progress of the last two years.

Mayor Biskupski will also use the event to spark a fundraising effort for the school’s Heritage Language Library.

The Horizonte Heritage Language Library will provide children’s books in various languages that students can take home for themselves and also read with their children to preserve and develop their heritage language and literacy skills.

“I am hoping my visit to Horizonte will have a lasting impact on the students and the community,” said Mayor Jackie Biskupski. “Donating books or money to the Heritage Language Library will change lives of students today and in the future.”

The goal is to add 10,000 books that will support and value family literacy in the 1st language and better support language acquisition in English. An initial commitment of 1,000 books has been made by InWhatLanguage, a local translation and technology company focused on breaking language and cultural barriers.

This is a strategic way to expand Utah’s commitment to developing bi-literacy for increased economic development as well as reinforcing Horizonte’s mission: Valuing the diversity and individual worth of students and providing the education and skills necessary for students to achieve self-sufficiency and become contributing participants within their community. 

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Pictured: Mayor Biskupski joins Horizonte students as they prepare food for the 2018 State of the City reception. The unique program part of the school’s culinary arts program.

Horizonte’s students range from 12 to 85 from 64 countries and speak 82 languages. Horizonte serves nearly 9,000 learners through a range of programs: High School, Intermediate 7th and 8th Grade, Adult High School Completion, Adult English Language Learning Program and the Young Parent Program with 90% of the student body living at or below the poverty level.

“Research has found students are able to learn English sooner if they learn how to read in their native language,” said Joshua Bell, Horizonte principal. “The books are shared with family members so the entire family is learning together.”

To donate to the Horizonte Heritage Language Library, visit http://www.slcmayor.com/horizonte. Select “Heritage Library” in the option menu. Book donations can be made directly at Horizonte.

 

Additional information on the State of the City Address be found here. Starting at 6:30 p.m., a livestream of the speech will be available here.

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