We All Laugh in the Same Language

Second graders, directed by Luella Pinelli captured the hearts of the audience.
Second graders, directed by Luella Pinelli captured the hearts of the audience.
We're proud of our students!
We're proud of our students!
Students grouped together to read a poem.
Students grouped together to read a poem.
Marla Lewis joins in the fun.
Marla Lewis joins in the fun.
The year’s Long Island Teachers’ Institute  was held at the Huntington Hilton.
The year’s Long Island Teachers’ Institute was held at the Huntington Hilton.
Ms. Pinelli introduces her talented singers.
Ms. Pinelli introduces her talented singers.
Sign language helped spotlight one of their songs.
Sign language helped spotlight one of their songs.

Oakwood’s Dual Language second graders along with singer songwriter Marla Lewis were the featured entertainment at this year’s Long Island Teachers’ Institute on Thursday, March 14.  This conference brought together educators from all over Long Island who are engaged in English as a Second Language (ESL) and bilingual education. The second grade dual language singers performed several songs and read a poem under the watchful direction of Oakwood music teacher Ms. Luella B. Pinelli. The students sang Ms. Lewis’s song "We All Laugh in the Same Language," a tune that celebrates diversity.