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Deleware Mandarin immersion program graduates to middle school

October 7, 2019

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From: The Newark Post

When the first group of students began the Chinese immersion program at Downes Elementary School in 2013, it was a leap of faith for the students, their parents and the teachers. With the first graduating class moving on to Shue-Medill Middle School in the fall as sixth-graders, that leap of faith has developed into a multi-grade program involving half the school’s students.


“I thought it was a really great idea, but I had no background of seeing it,” said Ariel Hardy, a second-grade teacher who has been involved since the program started. “They’ve done really well academically. I think that is one of the best things, besides learning another language, that you’re using your entire brain and creating all these neural pathways, which helps you in all different areas of academics.”

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