Community

Students to teach youngsters “saber” Spanish

By Leah Lucas  lucaslea@grinnell.edu “Hola. Cómo te llamas?” Can you understand this simple Spanish greeting of “Hello, what is your name?” Claire Moisan, interim director of the ALSO (Alternative Language Study Option) program and professor of French, is working to ensure that all K-8th grade students in Grinnell will be working towards this goal and…

Kids Against Hunger at Grinnell

By Leah Lucas  lucaslea@grinnell.edu Kids Against Hunger (KAH), an organization that aims to eradicate world hunger, has a strong presence both on the Grinnell College campus and in the larger community. Grinnellians are known for their propensity towards social justice, both near and far. To support this fact, over 65 percent of the members of…

Love & basketball & Mayflower

By Lilianna Bagnoli  bagnolil@grinnell.edu The Grinnell Men’s Basketball Team is having a great season and may have the residents of the local Mayflower Community to thank for their morale. During Winter Break, the team spent an evening with some of their biggest supporters, residents of the Mayflower Community facility, when ten independent Mayflower residents hosted…

Seeds to grow a brighter future in Grinnell

By Eric Mistry  mistryer@grinnell.edu Imagine Grinnell, a non-profit foundation on a mission “to improve quality of life in Grinnell, support a healthy environment, and compliment local economic development efforts” (according to an emailed statement) is hosting a seed sale to benefit the Grinnell Community Garden. Themed packages of heirloom seeds are being sold for ten…

Author Bakopoulos illuminates rust belt realities

By Hannah Grischuk  grischuk@grinnell.edu Eyes flicking downward as he grinned shyly, Dean Bakopoulos charmed the crowd of community members and students that filled Pioneer Bookstore in downtown Grinnell last night during a reading of his first novel “Please Don’t Come Back From the Moon”.  The popular English professor read the first chapter of his novel…

ESL volunteers mentor Marshalltown youth

By Caitlin Beckwith-Ferguson  beckwith@grinnell.edu While most Grinnellians are recovering from weekend festivities on Saturday mornings, a group of dedicated volunteers head to nearby Marshalltown to reach out to young buds. The Grinnell English as a Second Language (ESL) program is a volunteer organization aimed at having volunteers teach and play with kids who go to…