What We Do and Why We Do It

We advocate for and support the Spanish Immersion Program in Sioux Falls Public Schools with a primary focus on interns who enhance the language and cultural experience in the classrooms and in the community. We also donate money through grants for teacher development and resources for the classrooms and libraries.

Parent Advocates for Spanish Immersion
To support and advocate for students, teachers, and interns in the Sioux Falls Public Schools Spanish Immersion Program.

Our Interns

One of the main things PASI does is bring the world into your student's classrooms via supporting interns. In all grade levels, this gives the teacher an extra set of hands and allows students time to work on academic subjects with more attention from either the teacher or an intern.

Each intern has an educational background and is thoroughly vetted through Amity International and the SF Public Schools background system. PASI provides daily school lunches, monthly stipends for their work at school, school spirit wear, and assistance with organizing events to enhance the American experience of these young women and men. Each intern costs approx. $4,000 to host for the year; an investment that is well worth it for the benefits they give our students and teachers.

Lorwis Raul Medrano Silgado from Cartagena, Columbia, (Maria) Camila Morales Travino from Bogota, Columbia, Elkin Estiv Patiño Valderrama from Bogota, Columbia, Ana Quintero Restrepo from Bogota, Columbia, (Missing Cindy Gonzalez Vasquez from San Miguel, El Salvador)