Posted by Amy Luckiewicz on Sep 05, 2023
The Wakefield Rotary Club has made a $1,000 contribution to the Wakefield Youth Action Team’s Amigos program. Amigos, due to launch this semester, is a mentoring program between English Language Learners (ELL) at the Galvin Middle School and older students at Wakefield Memorial High School. The program seeks to help facilitate connections between ELL students and the broader Wakefield community through forging connections, field trips, and social events.

$500 was donated from Club funds and an additional $500 was donated by Past President Barbara Worley in honor of her mother.
Worley explained, “The Wakefield Amigos program immediately grabbed my attention. I grew up in central Texas. My mother, Kitty Worley, originally of Delaware, taught English and Spanish for 32 years plus additional years after retirement.” Worley added, “Often, she taught English to newly arrived students at Texas A&M, at church, anywhere she found a need. For 14 summers she took high school students to Mexico for emersion in the Spanish language and culture. While there she usually taught English to the native Spanish speakers. My mother would be very proud of the Wakefield Amigos plans.”

The student-led initiative also received $1000 grant from Social Capital, Inc. in April to help them launch. 
Pictured above are Wakefield Rotary Club President Glen Duffy and Rotarian Barbara Worley with Amigos mentors Riya Patel and Sienna Catizone.  Pictured below is Kitty Worley in action with her students.