Sonia Manzano began to impact children’s lives in 1971 as “Maria” on Sesame Street. Today, 44 years later, Manzano may be retired from the show, but that doesn’t stop her quest to change kids’ lives.
Kindergarten and preschool kids gathered around Manzano this afternoon at Ensely Elementary School in Pensacola.
She read aloud from a book she wrote herself with the students repeating her words in both English and Spanish.
Manzano hopes that through her visit, she can encourage children to read and learn about language. She also offered some practical tips to parents whose kids are struggling in school
“Parents can obviously get involved with their children’s school work,” Manzano said. “They can tell their children stories if they don’t have books in the house. They can ask their children to find every letter ‘A’ in the local newspaper.”
Manzano requested to speak Ensely Elementary because it’s considered an underserved school, with many students speaking English as a second language.