Partners in Education: Spanish Immersion Program
The Green Bay School District is offering a Spanish immersion program to give students the tools they need to become global citizens. Video by nbc26.comvideo
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay School District is offering a Spanish immersion program to give students the tools they need to become global citizens.
Isaiah Becker is a kindergarten student at Jackson Elementary School who is taking part in the program.
"A long time ago, I heard a Spanish word - and I didn't even know it was a Spanish word," he said.
These days, Isaiah can understand many words -- and even speaks Spanish with his classmates.
"This program, in particular, is really one that's going to make our kids college, career, and community-ready," said Principal Jennifer Sipes.
About half of the students in the class speak English at home, while the other half speak primarily Spanish.
Isaiah's father, Andrew, is a Green Bay School Board Member who says the immersion program is particularly rewarding.
"It's not just about learning two languages, it's about bridging cultural barriers and understanding diversity - and that's another wonderful, wonderful thing about this program," said Becker.
Students will continue on in the program as they advance through elementary school. First through fifth graders will receive Spanish World Language Instruction as part of their curriculum.