November 1, 2007 at 7:59 a.m.
Fourteen North Branch students were among the 500 students enrolled in Spanish courses this semester through the College in the Schools program of the U of M.
Latin Dance with Paulino was the first session. Paulino, a native of Argentina, taught the students in Spanish the words and moves to various songs and dances. The presentation was highly interactive and energetic, according to Jan Kozlovsky, North Branch Area High School Spanish Teacher.
"Borders," presented by Kathleen Ganley, provided an informative and provocative session in both Spanish and English. The topics were the economics of the North American Trade Agreement, the plight of the un- and under-employed of Mexico, and the 12 million undocumented workers in the U.S.
The band Salsabrosa provided a dynamic closing session. Two dancers taught the students the meregue, salsa, and cha-cha to music from Latin America, especially Cuba.
College in the Schools is now in its 22nd year. The Spanish program alone involves 1,000 students each year. Students in North Branch are earning five credits from the University of Minnesota for Spanish 1003. The North Branch College in the Schools Spanish Instructor is Jan Kozlovsky.