Westbury’s year-round Spanish school is at risk of closing. Parents like Mary Lewis pray that he survives.

“It’s a place filled with love, magic and authenticity,” Lewis said. “As a parent when you leave your child you want them to feel loved and safe and this school is everything.”

For more than two decades, the school has been promoting the Spanish language and culture to children aged 1 to 12.

The problem, according to director Maria Isabel Martinez, is that registration is not what it was before the COVID-19 pandemic. The school, which receives no government aid, relies entirely on student tuition fees to pay the bills.

“If we’re not able to find the families we need, we’ll have to close the program permanently,” Martinez said.

For now, Spanish All Year plans to move the program about a mile up the road to another school and hopes to increase enrollment. The goal is to continue culture and education for future generations.

Kathy Magalhaes’ daughter Isabella has just graduated from the program, but the mother, who is pregnant with her fourth child, hopes to carry on the tradition of the Spanish school and send her too.

“The Spanish language was important in my family and I wanted my children to have the same advantage,” she said. “We try to come together as a community to help the program survive.”

Kathy and other Latino parents donated to the program’s GoFundMe. The hope is to enroll eight to ten additional families. Until then, Martinez is trying to stay optimistic.

“I pray that life gives us the opportunity to keep the doors open,” she said.