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LMSD Hosts English Language Development (ELD) Community Fair

Lower Merion High School recently played host to LMSD’s English Language Development (ELD) Ice Cream Social & Community Resource Fair – a fun-filled and educational evening providing an opportunity for the District’s many English Language Learners and families to meet ELD teachers, learn about the community, discuss shared experiences and celebrate cultural diversity!

This special program, organized by ELD Director Dorie Martin-Pitone and ELD Coordinator Dawn Chapman, is an example of one of the many ways the District strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for all! LMSD is proud to serve families from around the world with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, which includes nearly 30 different languages from Amharic to Yue and everything in between! #LMSDBuildingBelonging

During the event, students had some fun engaging in the assortment of crafts and activities organized by staff while parents and guardians were able to socialize and learn more about the opportunities and resources available to them at the school, District and community levels. Volunteers and employees from a variety of local organizations were in attendance to provide information and answer any questions families had. On hand at the event were representatives from the Office of Child Development & Early Learning, Lower Merion Fire Department, Home & School Associations, Narberth EMT Services, Montgomery County Mobile Crisis Team, HIAS Pennsylvania, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, Urban Affairs Coalition and ElderNet, among others.

Families also were able to take part in demonstrations of the District’s newly acquired “Pocketalk” devices, which staff can use to provide instant translations during conversations with non-English-speaking parents and guardians.

And last, but certainly not least, everyone in attendance enjoyed some delicious ice cream!

To see some pictures from the ELD Ice Cream Social & Community Resource Fair, click through the slideshow below!

Children work on an activity at ELD Family Night
Children work on an activity at ELD Family Night
Children work on an activity at ELD Family Night
Children work on an activity at ELD Family Night
A child held by his parent catches the photographer in the act!
A representative of Neighbors Helping Neighbors at ELD Family Night
Guests are greeted with a smile as they arrive at ELD Family Night
Two kids work on an activity at ELD Family Night
A representative for the Office of Child Development at ELD Family Night
Members of the LMHS HSA at their table at ELD Family Night
Representatives from the LM Fire Department
Guests are greeted with a smile at Merion's HSA table
A family speaks with one of the tables offering community resources
Representatives from Gladwyne Elementary School at ELD Family Night
A District staff member flashes a smile while working at ELD Family Night
A registered nurse at ELD Family Night
A representative from Montgomery County Mobile Crisis support at ELD Family Night
A trio of representatives from HIAS Pennsylvania at ELD Family Night
Narberth EMTs on hand at ELD Family Night
Volunteers from local community organizations on hand at ELD Family Night
A guest speaks with a representative from the Urban Affairs Coalition
School counselors at ELD Family Night
Three smiling students pose for a picture at ELD Family Night
A pair of elementary school counselors at ELD Family Night
The hallways of LMHS filled with guests
District staff members Dawn Chapman, Amy Black and Dori Martin-Pitone
A young guest gets caught mid-spoonful of ice cream
Assistant Superintendent Dr. Alexis McGloin lends a hand dishing out ice cream at ELD Family Night
Three red-headed siblings enjoy some ice cream at ELD Family Night
A trio of District social workers on hand at ELD Family Night
A representative of the Narberth Cycling Club
A child looks at the screen of an iPad
A happy family at ELD Family Night
Two smiling guests enjoy some ice cream at ELD Family Night
Happy kid about to dig in to some ice cream
Happy family at ELD Family Night
Representatives from Neighbors Helping Neighbors at ELD Family Night
Smiling group photo of adults and kids at ELD Family Night
A young Black Rock Royal gives double peace sings to the camera
Dori Martin-Pitone pours chocolate on ice cream for a guest at ELD Family Night
A guest speaks with the representative from ElderNet at ELD Family Night
The smiling red-head siblings and mom
Father and baby at ELD Family Night
A student works on an arts & crafts activity at ELD Family Night
A picture of someone taking a picture of a staff member and student
Guests speak with the representative from Urban Affairs
A guest speaks with the representative from Montgomery County Crisis Response
Happy kiddos eat some ice cream!
LMSD Director of School & Community Relations Amy Buckman and a student test out a translation device
LMSD Director of School & Community Relations Amy Buckman and a student test out a translation device
Three guests pose for a selfie
...and then they smile for the District photographer too!
A student speaks with Merion Elementary School counselor Candace Brown
The EMTs show kids some of their cool equipment