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Montgomery schools now tweeting en Espanol

Montgomery County Public Schools translates its snail mail, phone messages, and television programs into multiple languages to serve its diverse community. So it was only a matter of time before its social networking went bilingual.

Announcing the MCPS Spanish twitter feed! Or as the first post published Thursday evening says:

¡Bienvenidos a MCPS en Español! (@MCPSEspanol)

— MCPS en Español (@MCPSEspanol) March 8, 2012

Other posts include an update on superintendent Joshua Starr’s visit to New Hampshire Estates Elementary school to promote a free breakfast program, and a notice for a community forum with Starr coming up Monday night at Kennedy High School to discuss English as a Second Language programming.

Montgomery County has more than 140,000 residents who speak Spanish at home, according to census data. Nearly two-thirds of the 19,000 students who are learning English as a second language at school speak Spanish with their families.

Dana Tofig, spokesman for Montgomery schools, said that it’s part of a larger effort to reach out to the Hispanic community.

I signed up to practice my Spanish. If you are interested in doing the same, here is some helpful vocab to get you going in twitter, courtesy of the How Does The World Say Tweet? blog:

Follow Seguir

Following Siguiendo

Unfollow Dejar de seguir

Tweet Twittear

Retweet Retwittear

Tweets Tweets

Mentions Menciones

Following Siguiendo

Followers Seguidores

Michael Alison Chandler writes about schools and families in the Washington region.



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