German club benefit

Nov 122003
Authors: Kyle Endres

Das konzert. Das benefiz. Die schule.

El concierto. La benef�ca. La escuela.

The concert. The benefit. The school.

Three languages, one goal. To raise money for a local elementary

school and a CSU student organization.

The CSU German Club will hold a benefit concert tonight at Odell

Brewing Company, 800 E. Lincoln Ave., with half the proceeds going

to the club and half going to Harris Bilingual Elementary School, a

bilingual English and Spanish school in Fort Collins. The concert

will feature the bluegrass group Victor Barnes and runs from 8 to

11:30 p.m. It has a $10 door charge, which includes six beers.

Odell’s is providing the alcohol and the space will be provided

free for the concert.

“We just think it’s important to support the bilingual school in

town,” said club member Karla Killpack, a senior political science

and German double major. “It’s gonna be a good time.”

The German club was started last semester to “promote German

culture,” said Greg Payne, club co-president. Payne said it is

important to support bilingual education at a young age.

“You’ve got to start it young so they can master the language

and, you know, have a competitive edge in the future,” said Payne,

a senior political science and German double major.

Harris Bilingual, 501 E. Elizabeth St., is an immersion school

that teaches Poudre School District curriculum in both English and

Spanish. The school is designed to help students become bilingual

and biliterate in the two languages. It will likely use the

proceeds from the concert for books, said Harris Bilingual

Principal Julie Schiola.

“It’s so important to be able to communicate with many different

people. It’s going to help them, I believe, get better jobs and

just to travel and learn other languages,” Schiola said. “I feel

thankful that they chose our school to do this.”




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