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About Us

Kristine "Etal de Fruits", a sign for the year-end skit the class presented

A 25-year History of Fun and Learning

TALK started in 1992 when a group of Davis parents decided to collectively pool their efforts and resources together to offer language classes to their kids. Recognizing that elementary schools do not provide foreign language instruction, during a period when children can more easily absorb language, they joined together to form a non-profit dedicated to offering this opportunity.

Over the years, TALK has evolved in step with parent demand and participation.

TALK currently offers beginner and intermediate American Sign Language, French and Spanish classes to K-6 children at Birch Lane, Korematsu, North Davis, Patwin, Pioneer and Saint James schools.

While we partner with the Davis Arts Center, TALK is a registered independent non-profit organization entirely run by a Board of Directors made up of parent volunteers with children enrolled in TALK. 100% of fees are used to cover teacher salaries, registration expenses, facility rentals, liability coverage and classroom materials. We raise funds yearly to help pay for scholarships and new classroom tools.

In 2012, the Davis Enterprise featured us for our 20th anniversary (see it here). 

In 2014, the Enterprise covered our new American Sign Language program (see it here).  Again in May 2015, they wrote an article describing TALK's goals of building an ASL-fluent community in Davis (link here).

The TALK Board of Directors is composed of:

President                                           Christine Oyakawa

Vice President                                        to be filled

Secretary                                           Sarah Blecksmith

Treasurer                                            Boyoung Won

Birch Lane Site Representative         Katie Frank & Laura Reaka

Davis Arts Center Site Representative   Nicole Rabaud

Korematsu Site Representative          Ashley Giovannettone

Patwin Site Representative                 Joyce Tamanaha-Ho

Pioneer Site Representative                    to be filled

St. James Site Representative             Rachelle Newman


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