AP Spanish Students Address Poverty's Effects on Education in Letter-Writing Campaign

As a part of their service-learning component, Dr. Sosa’s AP Spanish Language and Culture students have been studying poverty and its effects on education both globally and locally.

They researched how poverty affects the Spanish-speaking world and then took a closer look at its effects in the United States and Westchester County, in particular. Earlier this year, students made a PSA, watched the documentary The Harvest/La cosecha (2010) by director Robin Romano, and wrote a letter in Spanish to New York Governor Kathy Hochul where they reflected on the impact of poverty in education and child labor in our state. Students also offered suggestions on how to solve the issue and how to educate the public about it.

More recently, students continued their outreach campaign and wrote and sent letters to the United Nations Permanent Missions in different countries of the Spanish-speaking world. The students researched current events, paying particular attention to issues related to poverty and its effects on education, as well as sustainability in the different countries. They shared with U.N. officials their suggestions on how to solve the problems and educate the countries’ people about the issues. They’ve already heard from some missions!

AP Spanish students also had the opportunity to hear from Raimi Ade-Salu from the Robin Hood Foundation and Ciara Mulligan from Feeding Westchester. These are two of the local nonprofit organizations that AP Spanish classes are currently partnering with. Students asked questions about the nonprofits and explored different ways that they will be able to contribute to the work of these organizations in New York City and Westchester County.
Students also had the pleasure of meeting Thomas Ridges, executive assistant district attorney for investigations at the Richmond County District Attorneys Office. Mr. Ridges also sits on the board of directors for HelpUSA, a nonprofit organization that assists homeless civilians and military veterans with transitional housing. He spoke about the importance of education in the fight against poverty and about his own personal journey.
In class, students had the opportunity to discuss and reflect on these experiences.


The AP Spanish classes are grateful to the Advancement Office for putting them in touch with John Torell ’80, P ’11, ’15; Jessica Reinmann P ’22, ’27; and Richard Sirota P ’01, GP ’36, who facilitated partnerships with the Robin Hood Foundation, Feeding Westchester and Help USA.