St. Amant High School students in Gisela Gautreaux’s Spanish classes have extra reading material to their course requirements thanks to the Ascension Fund.

Gautreaux’s grant-winning project, “Vamos a Leer, Vamos a Viajar,” which translates to “Let’s read, Let’s Travel,” provides students with on-level reading material that enhances vocabulary learning and provides information on the culture and history of Spain and South American countries, Gautreaux said.

Gautreaux used the grant money to purchase “La Gran Aventura de Alejandro” and “Susana y Javier en Sudamerica.”

The books provide students with new vocabulary words and incorporate essential grammar functions.

Gautreaux also was able to purchase new Spanish-English dictionaries.

The dictionaries help students learn how to obtain English-Spanish translations and how to cross-reference translations, she said.

“By turning the reading comprehension activities into conversational activities, I feel that I am providing my students with a learning experience that is unique and challenging,” she said. “Having dictionaries available in the classroom will support all language activities but will be extremely useful during reading activities. This grant also supports our district strategic initiatives for literacy in content areas.”

Gautreaux said the materials purchased with the grant will benefit many students in the years to come.

Funds for the grant were provided by Honeywell Inc. Endowment Grant through the Ascension Fund. The Ascension Fund is a nonprofit organization established in 1991 by the Rotary Club of Gonzales.