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Pioneer Valley immersion program begins new building construction

June 18, 2014

Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School celebrates as construction of addition begins in Hadley

  • JERREY ROBERTS<br/>Members of The Singing Dragons sing Tuesday during a ground-breaking ceremony at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley. The addition will double the size of the school. Sally Rogers, right, leads the group.JERREY ROBERTS
    Members of The Singing Dragons sing Tuesday during a ground-breaking ceremony at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley. The addition will double the size of the school. Sally Rogers, right, leads the group. Purchase photo reprints »
  • JERREY ROBERTS<br/>Members of The Singing Dragons sing Tuesday during a ground-breaking ceremony at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley. The addition will double the size of the school. Sally Rogers, right, leads the group.
  • JERREY ROBERTS<br/>A group of children play soccer Tuesday at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley while waiting for a ground-breaking ceremony to begin. An addition to the school will double its size.

“It wasn’t a gift I could give them,” she said.

Now, she is excited about the opportunity to expose her daughter Libby Hayes, who is finishing first grade, and her son Robbie Hayes, a fourth grader, to the Chinese language through their high school years.

Cummings was among several dozen parents at an upbeat ceremony Tuesday outside the school to celebrate as construction begins of a four-story, 38,400-square-foot addition that will more than double the size of the school, now at 30,000 square-feet.

The addition will also make it the first kindergarten through Grade 12 Chinese immersion school in the country, Keith Barnicle, district representative for U.S. Congressman James McGovern of Worcester, told those in attendance Tuesday. McGovern’s office wrote a letter in support of the $10.6 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development that made the addition possible.

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