INDIAN LAKE - In the recent weeks, high school students have undertaken much more than just their traditional role as learners at Indian Lake Central School.
On select Fridays, 11th grade French students can now be found in the kindergarten classroom introducing students to the French language. They take what they have learned in high school classes, prepare mini-lessons and teach basic vocabulary including basic colors, numbers and the alphabet.
Indian Lake Central School has conducted this program for several years and continues to see the benefits with each passing year. Both the high school and elementary students enjoy the program and consider it a highlight of their school days.
"This is such a popular program with the students, we hope that this continues as an annual tradition," said principal David Snide.
The program is spearheaded by kindergarten teacher Robin Jay and French teacher Jane Hickley.
Only in a school the size of Indian Lake would there be the opportunity and available time in the curriculum for such interaction between high school and elementary students, according to Snide.
"Any time students can interact in a learning experience the results will be positive and I feel that it is extremely beneficial for both the older and the younger students involved in the program," he said.