The View 38002 December 2014

Arlington & Lakeland’s Community Newspaper

Arlington Community Schools Reach Beyond the Classroom
Adult ESL Class is Unique Among Municipal Districts
By Terry Louderback

Staff Photo

ESL Teacher Michelle Sluder works with Veronica Perez and Luz
Velazquez, parents in the school district's adult ESL class.

At 1:30 pm each
afternoon, Michelle Sluder,
an English as a Second
Language instructor
for Arlington Community Schools, pre-

pares to teach a special
group of students.
Some of them have
familiar names and
faces—but not because
Sluder has had them in
class before. Instead

these are the parents
and family members of
her middle and high
school students.
In its second year,
Arlington’s free adult
ESL class is the only

one of its kind among
the Shelby County’s
municipal schools.
Sluder started the class
last year at the high
school under thenprincipal Tammy
Mason. An ESL
teacher for 10 years,
Sluder saw a need—
and an opportunity—to
reach beyond the classroom.
Sluder found that
some of her students'
parents had been in
United States for as
long as 13 years without learning English.
So the adult ESL class
includes basic vocabulary, but focuses on a
lot of speaking—“a
place they can try to
speak and not be afraid
of messing up.”
There aren’t many
other resources for
learning English in the
community, Sluder
explained. Having the

classes during school
hours is also more
convenient for parents
who would need child
care in the evening. The Arlington
Community Schools
supports her classes
and Sluder stays after
high school hours to
And the benefits go
beyond learning the
language. “I thought it
would be a way to get
the parents more involved in their school,”
Sluder commented. “A
lot of them want to be
involved in their children’s education, but
the language barrier
keeps them from it.”
“I feel good when a
parent tells me that
they were able to do
some homework with
their children,” Sluder
said. “I see the pride

Nuts About Helping Others
Lakeland Lions Kickoff’ Annual Pecan Sale Fundraiser
By Terry Louderback
A light rain did little
to dampen the spirits of
members of the Lakeland Lions Club while
they unloaded a tractor
-trailer load of fresh
"new-crop" Georgia
pecans for the club's
annual fundraiser.
Through their 33 years,
the Lakeland club has
raised roughly 1.2
million dollars to fund
their Lion sponsored
programs primarily
through the sale of
holiday pecans at many
area businesses. While

Lions Clubs are known
for their charitable
efforts focused on sight
-preservation and assisting the visionimpaired, the Lakeland
Lions are also active
supporters of schools
throughout 38002 in
addition to other community projects.
Barbara Fletcher,
Lakeland Lions President, recalled the support she received as an
elementary school
principal from the club.
“I knew that if there

was a student who
couldn’t afford glasses
or a family that needed
assistance at Christmas, all we had to do
was call the Lions and
let them know, and
they would take care
of it,” Fletcher said.
Fletcher explained
that the Lions now
have a mobile vision
van that will be visiting
daycares in Arlington
and Lakeland in early
Pecan chairman
Burt Faller estimates

December 2014


Staff Photo

Lakeland Lions Club members Cecil Tompkins and Ron Brandon help stack 1200
cases of pecans for the group's annual sale.

that the group will sell
30,000 bags of pecans
before the sale ends in
January. The Lion
Club has developed a
network of community
businesses willing to

sell pecans.
Lakeland Lions
Club pecans are sold at
area banks, grocers,
dry cleaners, beauty
shops, and credit unions.

Tigers Make Historic Run in
Playoffs with Legendary Play
By Walt McTyre, Arlington Radio Network

Photographer Krista Dye captured this image of
Arlington Tigers Head Coach Chris Wiley congratulating senior receiver Jackson Boring after he
caught the game-winning touchdown.

It’s kind of like one of
those legendary fishing
stories. You know what I’m
talking about. The fish just
keeps getting bigger and
bigger. Ten years from
now, the pass from
freshman quarterback Tate
Kolwyck to senior receiver
Jackson Boring for the
game winner in the second
round of the play-offs
against the Houston
Mustangs, will be said to
have been heaved 60 yards
with all his might, bouncing
off a Mustang defender 10
feet in the air dramatically
falling into the outstretched
hands of Jackson Boring.

Close enough is what I’ll
say. The fact is the Tigers
were victorious in the
second round play-off game
for the first time in school
history, defeating Houston
34-32. Truth be told, it was
26 yards and the ball
bounced straight into
Jackson’s waiting arms. But
it doesn’t take away from
the drama that was an
exciting football game from
start to finish.
The Tigers earned the
right to play in this game by
finishing the regular season
8-2 with an undefeated
See FOOTBALL, p 13

Inside this edition...
Happenings — p 2
Arts Honoree, Anthony Pound — p 4
School News — starts on p 8
Sports — p 13-15