George School Student’s Short Story Published Internationally

George School Student’s Short Story Published Internationally

A rising grade 5 student at the Manthala George, Jr. Global Studies School was recently published in a book of short stories submitted in Portuguese by students from across the globe. The student, Brayden Duarte, is the only student from the United States to be published in the book.

Brayden's short story, The Friends and the Giant Octopus, received an honorable mention from Camões — Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I. P. The institute is dedicated to the worldwide promotion of the Portuguese language, Portuguese culture and international aid on behalf of the Government of Portugal.

In his work, Brayden tells the story of two ninjas who set out on an odyssey to protect people and animals from an out-of-control octopus. Along the way, the ninjas befriend a princess and battle a snake before returning the octopus to the sea.

Entering his final year at the George, Brayden is a part of the inaugural Unidos class- the district's Portuguese dual language immersion program. In the Unidos program, students spend half of their schedule learning in English and the other half learning in Portuguese. The ultimate goal of the program, which serves both native English and native Portuguese speakers, is to equip students with bilingual language skills. The George School offers dual language programs in French, Portuguese and Spanish beginning in kindergarten and is the only K-5 global studies school in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

"Brayden has demonstrated the true purpose of our dual language immersion programs, which is to foster the ability to communicate thoughtfully and creatively both in one's native language and in their second language. To know that Brayden's short story will represent not only Brockton, but the entire country in an internationally published book fills me with great pride," said Brockton Public Schools Superintendent Michael Thomas.

 Brayden's short story is available here.

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