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Blaine Dzwonczyk, right, Santa Rita School’s English Learner program specialist, holds a lottery during a recent lunchtime meeting of the language ambassador program.
Santa Rita School has a culturally diverse student body, with 32 languages spoken on campus. Newcomers who are not yet fluent in English can seek help through the school’s language ambassador program, which had an all-member meeting right before the winter break.
A so-called language ambassador at Santa Rita is a bilingual student who can serve as an interpreter between a new immigrant or foreign visitor and an English speaker who doesn’t know that language. The school currently has 75 language ambassadors, all fourth- through sixth-graders, who cover a total of 20 languages, according to Blaine Dzwonczyk, the school’s English Learner program specialist.