Cranston – Friday morning the station received 14 students from The Wheeler School. They were very enthusiastic and ready to speak Spanish with the staff.
The teens were greeted by the General Manager, Reynaldo Almonte and then they proceeded to walk to the kitchen where they met Lorraine Ruiz Almonte cooking their lunch. Lorraine gave the students details of what they were going to be eating for lunch, which was a little something that you would typically see at a Puerto Rican Christmas dinner.
When the kids went to see the studios, they were met by RI’s Secretary of State, Nellie Gorbea and Mr. Arturo Vargas, Executive Director of NALEO (The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials). Introductions in Spanish and pictures were taken with the guests.
The students’ field trip is to come see and learn about the station and get to eat a traditional Spanish Christmas dish. They asked all their questions in the Spanish language and each teen introduces themselves and explains why they like to speak Spanish.
The Wheeler students recorded their Christmas greeting in the Spanish language which will start airing in a couple of days. They also recorded a Christmas carol in Spanish as well.
Lunch was devoured, which made the Almonte’s very happy. Typical Christmas cookies were served and all the students got a small gift to bring home.
The kids had heard about the station’s financial troubles. So to the Almonte’s surprised, the kids had gotten together and collected money to donate to the station.