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Vote and help Daniel Axford win video contest

Daniel Axford Chinese teacher Min Liu poses with some of her second-grade students. Pictured (from left) are Dominic Stevens, Allison Booth, Ava Wilson, Blake Denning, Lyric Luchkovitz and Kayla Casper. Photo by C.J. Carnacchio. (click for larger version)
January 25, 2012 - Grab your mouse and start clicking because Daniel Axford (DA) Elementary needs your help to win an on-line contest.

DA is a finalist in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) 2012 Video Contest.

"We are one of five elementary school finalists out of the hundreds (of entries) that were submitted," said DA Principal Joyce Brasington. "I was very happy for our students and our teacher."

DA's 58-second video can be viewed at www.actflvideocontest.org. It was made by Chinese teacher Min Liu and features approximately 80 second-graders.

"They show us how learning a world language has become important in their lives," Brasington explained. "The students talk about how they are more knowledgable and able to make more friends."

"These students have had Chinese instruction for 30 minutes every day since kindergarten," she noted. "So, this is their third year (learning) Mandarin Chinese and it is amazing how they are able to express themselves using Chinese."

If DA's video wins the contest, the K-2 school will receive a $500 cash award, which Brasington said, "We would use to enhance our language program."

In order to win, DA needs everyone reading this to visit www.actflvideocontest.org, register, login and vote.

Voting ends at midnight EST on Monday, Jan. 30, so don't delay, vote today.

The contest is designed to help celebrate "Discover Languages" month in February, which is part of a broader public awareness campaign to bring media attention to the critical need for all students to have the opportunity to learn a second language.

CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.
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