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Kenton Co. students help Chinese famlies understand registration
KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (Adam Clements) -- Kindergarten registration is underway in Kenton County. Thanks to two eight grade students in the district, understanding the process will be a lot easier for certain non-English speaking families.
There's a growing population of students and families in the district that only speak the Mandarin. So to make things easier on those families, an instructional DVD was created, walking them through the registration process for school.
Two students, Joel Lian and Julie Hyong, did all the translating. In fact, it's Julie's voice you hear on the DVD. Joel explains the process. "At first it was complicated but then we figured it out and it was easy, it gets easier."
"It's amazing because they're not just helping the student, they're helping the parents their helping the community and they're helping the schools all throughout the kenton county school district," says Jess Dykes, Kenton County Schools spokesperson.
This was kind of a last minute project. They had to rush to get this done before registration began last week. The two eighth graders completed the project in just one day.
There are roughly fifteen thousand students in the Kenton County School District. It has a 3% diversity rate. The district also created a video translating registration instructions into Spanish.