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'Because I am bilingual': Kansas City 4th grader writes poem to document life as bilingual student

Elizabeth Mendez
Posted at 9:02 PM, Sep 21, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-22 16:44:59-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Elizabeth Mendez, a fourth grader at George Washington Carver Dual Language School, wrote a poem about being a bilingual student for Hispanic Heritage Month.

In the poem, Mendez documents the many endeavors being bilingual takes her through.

Read Mendez's poem below:

Because I am bilingual

Because I speak English I can help my grandma translate when we go to get food.

Because I speak Spanish I can speak different languages with my friends and different people.

Because I speak English I can talk with new people and with some girls or boys in my school.

Because I speak Spanish I can help read to other students who do not speak English.

Because I speak English I will visit new places and talk new languages.

Because I speak Spanish I have new aspirations and help people.
Elizabeth Mendez

Watch Mendez read her poem below:

Kansas City 4th grader writes poem to document life as bilingual student