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Bridgeport Students Help Save Program That Gives Them Opportunity to Shine

Seventh grader Dajonique Small gave a presentation on the brain at TAG night, explaining that the brain is so small, and weights so little, but is responsible for so much.

Seventh grader Dajonique Small gave a presentation on the brain at TAG night, explaining that the brain is so small, and weights so little, but is responsible for so much.

The leadership skills that Bridgeport students have learned thanks to the bilingual Talented and Gifted (TAG) program at Cesar Batalla Elementary School came in handy earlier this spring when budget cuts threatened the program.

At the end of March, students learned that their beloved program might be cut so they organized on their own during lunch time to save it, said TAG teacher Ana Batista. “They made posters, and the older students went to city hall to protest before a City Council meeting,” she said. “I was really impressed with the kids.”

The bilingual TAG program at the K-8 school was on the list of programs slated to be cut when the amount of aid the city would receive from the state remained unknown. The City Council has managed to spare the program for now, though other Bridgeport programs and services still face cuts. Read more

Bridgeport Bilingual Students’ Work Showcased

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Louise Estiverne, a 7th grade Bilingual TAG student, gave a presentation called “The Eyes.”

Bridgeport Middle School students showed off their talents at the 3rd Annual Bilingual Talented and Gifted (TAG) Expo at Cesar Batalla School on June 4. Student presentations covered a wide variety of topics including science, medicine, history, and debates on several  subjects.

The event also recognized students, parents, and community leaders for their support throughout the year. Greater Bridgeport Latino Network (GBLN) members Elena Padin and Paul Arroyo received the 2015 Community Award for their work with TAG students in establishing several community engagement programs. GBLN, with  a grant from Pitney Bowes, helped the TAG students plan a highly successful Red Cross blood and bone marrow drive, as well as a fundraising effort for the Bridgeport Animal Shelter. Read more