Sen. Carper visits Indian River’s APELL Program

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U.S. Sen. Thomas Carper speaks with students while visiting the Indian River School District’s Accelerating Pre-Literate English Language Learners (APELL) program. (Special to the Sussex County Post/Dave Maull).

FRANKFORD – U.S. Senator Thomas Carper visited the Indian River School District’s Accelerating Pre-Literate English Language Learners (APELL) program on Friday, April 17.

Housed in the G.W. Carver Educational Center in Frankford, APELL currently serves more than 60 students ranging in age from 14 to 18.

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U.S. Sen. Thomas Carper chats with Umit Demir, a student in the Indian River School District’s Accelerating Pre-Literate English Language Learners program. (Special to the Sussex County Post/Dave Maull).

This voluntary program accommodates English Language Learners (ELL) who require a more intensive form of instruction than the traditional ELL programs at the district’s two high schools can provide. Most APELL students are from Guatemala, although a few hail from Honduras, Turkey and Haiti.

The goal of APELL is to improve language and literacy skills so that students can eventually return to their home school, which would be either Sussex Central High School or Indian River High School.

Sen. Carper visited APELL classrooms, observed lessons and spoke with students, teachers and staff. He also posed for photographs with APELL students.

“The good work going on in the Indian River School District, led by Dr. Bunting (Superintendent Susan Bunting), will help these students have a chance at gaining the skills they need to be successful and earn gainful employment,” Sen. Carper said. “I am proud to see this program has responded to the community needs, and is helping these children thrive.”

Following his visit to APELL, Sen. Carper spent an hour discussing federal education policy with Ms. Bunting and other district officials.

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