Looking to the future, Jennifer Kirchner worries about what the competitive global economy has in store for her 3-year-old daughter Eleanor.

One thing is almost certain: It’s not going to be easy in the coming decades.

That’s one reason that Kirchner next year will enroll Eleanor in East Link Academy, a public charter school in Greenville where all students will be taught in two languages: English and Mandarin Chinese.

“I want to give the opportunity to my daughter to be bilingual,” Kirchner said.

East Link, opening in August 2018 on Rutherford Road, will give young people a leg up in the global economy, organizers said. Plus, research has shown that students who intensively study foreign languages excel in other academic subjects.

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