Pilgrims Donates to EL Program

The Hardy County Board of Education presented representatives from Pilgrim’s Pride with a certificate of appreciation on Monday, Nov. 18. 

According to Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Strawderman, “Hardy County receive a donation from Pilgrim’s to cover the cost of a translation service and curriculum for our EL students.”

EL, or English Learner students, are those for whom English is not their primary language. There are currently more than a dozen different languages spoken by students in Hardy County Schools.

The school system will use Propio, an interpreting and translation service for more than 200 languages. According to the Propio website, their major clients are from the healthcare, government, commercial and educational fields.

“We expressed a need and Pilgrim’s responded immediately,” said Schools Superintendent Sheena VanMeter. “We are extremely grateful for their support.”

Board Member Doug Hines asked the Pilgrim’s representatives how they communicate with employees who speak various languages.

“We usually have someone on staff who speaks their language,” said Tracy Sherman with Pilgrim’s Human Resources Department.