Heritage Spanish Resource Center classroom coming to Marshalltown High School

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MHS Spanish teacher Kristin Stuchis, second from left, applied for the The Lori Ann Schwab ’95 Alumni Grant to bring a Heritage Spanish Resource Center classroom to high school students. Pictured from left is University of Northern Iowa professor Dr. Elise DuBord, Stuchis, UNI student and MHS graduate Martha Ortiz Diaz and UNI professor Dr. Juan Carlos Castillo at a Heritage Spanish event last year.

A Heritage Spanish Resource Center will be coming to a Marshalltown High School classroom after a successful grant application by MHS Spanish teacher Kristin Stuchis.

“I am honored, humbled, and excited to receive the Lori Ann Schwab ‘95 Alumni Grant,” Stuchis said, adding the grant totals $1,650 toward the resource center. “The funds will establish a classroom Heritage Spanish Resource Center that features Latinx authors and is for students who grew up with the Spanish language. The HSRC will engage and empower students through stories that resonate more closely with their life experiences.”

Being a Grinnell College alum allowed Stuchis the opportunity to apply for the grant. She said she applied because she believes in the importance of providing relevant texts that mirror our students’ diverse stories and is inspired to contribute to the culturally responsive environment at MHS.

“These resources will broaden students’ perspective, help them realize that they have important stories to tell, and to discover that through writing that they have the power to make the world a better place,” Stuchis said.