ESL History

  • January 2004 - the first ESL class was held with 45 students.
  • May 2004 - we celebrated our first graduates!
  • September 2004 - classes started with 50 students, 2 teachers and 20 mentors.
  • December 2006 - class size had swelled to 90 students representing 10 countries.
  • March 2009 - received an Arsht-Cannon Fund grant via the Delaware Community Foundation enabling the expansion of ESL classes and the offering of child care to students who might not otherwise be able to attend.
  • September 2009 – enrollment grew to 150 students attending one of two sessions (morning or evening) offered each week.
  • 2009, 2010 - the Arsht-Cannon Fund (ACF) provided the Governor's Consortium on Hispanic Affairs grants. The ACF has provided annual funding for the ESL program ever since.
  • 2010 - ten of our advanced ESL students were awarded tuition and book scholarships to Delaware Technical Community College.
  • 2012, 2013 - the Harry K. Foundation provided funds for healthy snacks/meals for children participating in our child care program.
  • 2016-  received grants from the Gannett Foundation  and SoDel Cares Foundation. 195 ESL students and 55 children were registered; representing 21 countries.
  • 2017- we received funds from Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Youth Philanthropy Board at the Delaware Community Foundation, Big Fish Charitable Foundation, and Longwood Foundation