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Spanish Immersion Program Growing in Sussex County

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FRANKFORD, Del. - John M. Clayton Elementary School is the first school in the Indian River School District to adopt a Spanish immersion program.  The program was launched last year with 40 kindergarten students.  This fall, East Millsboro Elementary will also implement the program.

Students like Benjamin Warren are well on their way to becoming bilingual.

"Yo soy Benjamin," Benamin said as he practiced his Spanish.  His mother, Noell Warren, could not be prouder of his progress. She said, "We absolutely love it. Benjamin has learned a great deal of Spanish vocabulary."

According to officials with the Indian River School District, 46 percent of the students at Clayton Elementary are Hispanic and only 29 percent are white non-Hispanics. Educators said Clayton elementary was the perfect school to test this program.

"We chose Spanish because of our demographics in our schools," said Dr. Audrey Carey, supervisor of elementary instruction.  She said it was also the language "in our community that we felt would benefit our students."

According to the new census projections, Caucasians will become the minority in 2043.  The Hispanic population will also grow to become the largest minority group.

The Indian River School District hopes that in five years the students at Clayton Elementary will be fluent in Spanish.   

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