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The Purple School in Williston has started an eight week summer program for children to learn a different language. Today was the first day of the program and the participants learned Spanish.

“So, I can learn to speak a different language,” says Brytta Beery a third grader at Bainville Public School.

“Learning how to speak Spanish,” says Ryley Beery a fifth grader at Bainville Public School.

“Of course, Mexico is like down below the states in south,” says Isaac Haugen, who is a fourth grader at Jefferson Elementary.

The class is an hour and a half long, and throughout that time the children interact with each other by singing songs in Spanish.

“We just started teaching Spanish in Williston about a year and a half ago. This is the first time we've been able to offer a summer session because usually families are pretty busy during the summer. I think that it's a sign that people are seeing how important language is in this community," says Joyce Shui of the Purple School.

During the class, the teacher plays games with the children to help learn. Some of the children have been a part of the class before and have memorized some of the words.

“It's just a great opportunity for the kids to have a second language,” says Annette Grimshaw a mother of three participants. “Honestly, I don't care, which second language they learn. I'm really pleased it's Spanish because there's so many Spanish speaking people in the world.”

The Purple School is just teaching Spanish right now, but they also offer Chinese and Norwegian. Shui says it's important for kids to learn a different language with others because it's more fun for them.

The school is currently offering two separate classes. One is for three month olds to six year olds and the other is from kindergarten to sixth grade.


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