For two years now, Birdwell Elementary School volunteer Lilia Salima has spent three mornings each week helping kindergarten and first grade students in the school’s dual language program practice literacy skills in English and math skills in Spanish.
“Mrs. Salima assisted me last year with students that needed help in literacy,” Birdwell kindergarten teacher Mrs. Alejandra Grijalva, said. “She helped students all year long practice their letters and sounds in Spanish and they loved working with her. They showed tremendous progress, and so I asked her to come back this year.”
Now that her son is in first grade, she also helps students in his class practice learning their numbers in English.
Moving to the United States just two years ago, after her husband’s engineering firm transferred him to Tyler, Mrs. Salima quickly realized she could put her hobbies and interests to work by volunteering at the school. She loves reading and spending time in the library, so she helps with literacy circles. She and her husband both enjoy Chess, a game they played often in Venezuela, so she also helps with the after-school Chess Club. Competitive archery is another hobby, one which Principal Bethany Moody hopes to incorporate into an after-school club sometime soon as well.
“We absolutely love Mrs. Salima and all she does for our Birdwell Braves,” Ms. Moody said. “She is always asking ‘what can I do to help’ and we are so very grateful. The results we see in our classes who benefit from time in commitment is truly amazing.”
Thank you, Mrs. Salima, for your positive impact on the students and staff at Birdwell Elementary School.