Multilingual Students at Jessie Beck Elementary School Earn Praise from City of Reno

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Victoria Campbell




Multilingual Students at Jessie Beck Elementary School

Earn Praise from City of Reno


Reno, NV (October 1, 2020) – Students at Jessie Beck Elementary School who are enrolled in the Dual Language program were recently honored by Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve, who declared the city “multilingual” with a unanimous vote of the Reno City Council. Mayor Schieve also accepted multilingual signage to post in Reno City Hall.


“Our students—who are in second grade this year—recorded a message of acceptance and respect which was viewed by the mayor and Reno City Council at a recent meeting,” said Dana Hardt, who is a Dual Language teacher for kindergartners and first graders at Jessie Beck Elementary School. “They were thrilled to participate in such an event, and we are so proud that they were able to make an impact on their community by approaching our city leaders with their heartfelt messages.”


“Our students will be the bilingual and biliterate leaders of tomorrow, and I couldn’t be more proud of their efforts,” said Washoe County School District (WCSD) Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill. “As we teach language skills, we are also preparing all our scholars to be active and culturally aware members of our community. We want them to be committed to tolerance, acceptance, and lifetime learning, and some of our youngest students are already making huge strides toward those worthy and important goals. Congratulations to our students and staff members at Jessie Beck Elementary School. This is a wonderful accomplishment.”


Currently, WCSD has three schools with a Dual Language program in English and Spanish. These programs promote bilingualism and biliteracy, grade level academic achievement, and cross-cultural respect and awareness. Donner Springs and Jessie Beck elementary schools and Mt. Rose K-8 School of Languages offer Dual Language studies.


Jessie Beck Elementary School students also presented city leaders with a sign listing a dozen languages that are spoken by learners at their school. This sign was supported with funding provided by the Dolan Class Project and can now be seen hanging in Reno City Hall.


The students who worked on this project are now in second grade. Members of the media are invited to meet these students and learn about their Dual Language program during a visit to their school.


Media Opportunity


What: Members of the media are invited to Jessie Beck Elementary School to meet with student learners who are enrolled in the Dual Language Program. Recently, these students provided information to the Reno City Council, which “joyously, unanimously” declared Reno to be a multilingual city. Students will be participating in bilingual learning and may be photographed and interviewed by the media.


To view a video of the Reno City Council meeting where this issue was addressed, please visit and go to 2:13:30.


When: Friday, October 2

         10 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Where: Jessie Beck Elementary School

           1900 Sharon Way



Who: Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill

        Dana Hardt and Bebi Yossen, who taught these students during the last school year

        Nayma Boyce and Laura Fermoile, who are teaching the students this year

        Erin Lane, principal of Jessie Beck Elementary School

        Student learners who participated in this project




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