Mischievous Monkeys Aside, Costa Rica Trip Enriches Students’ Spanish Skills

Rockford Immersion Program Offers Firsthand Cultural Experience

by Charles Honey

A monkey stole Evan Hoyle’s juice box and leafcutter ants bit Melanie McBain’s feet. Other than that, Costa Rica was wonderful. So say the North Rockford Middle School students, who along with 20 others spent 11 days in the Central American country peering into volcanoes, exploring rainforests and soaking up the Latin culture. Most importantly, they sharpened their speaking and comprehension skills...