ENL Program Carves Out Time for Friends and Fun

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Students in the English as a New Language (ENL) program in the district came together on Oct. 19 to enjoy an iconic fall activity.

Students from Grand Avenue Middle School, Merrick Avenue Middle School and Sanford H. Calhoun High School enjoyed a trip to Hicks Nurseries in Westbury to select pumpkin that they would later carve.

Including middle schoolers in some activities is important because it helps build a sense of community, as the students will continue their studies at Calhoun if they remain in the ENL program.

“There are a lot of non-verbal skills being used here so all students can participate actively,” explained Enrique Montes, chairperson of the Department of World Languages and ENL.

The pumpkins will be used as decorations in the program’s upcoming haunted house on Nov. 3-4, which is organized by ENL teacher Heather Glick.