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BASD considers Spanish for younger students

BASD considers Spanish for younger students; video report by WFMZ's Emma Wright

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Bethlehem Area School District is considering adding Spanish language classes to all elementary schools.

The classes would be added to a rotation of specialty classes like art, music, and technology that all kindergarten through fifth grade students take once per week.

"There is lots of research that shows the younger students are, the more successful they are in learning languages and the quicker they pick it up," said district Superintendent Dr. Joseph Roy.

Roy said elementary school Spanish has been highly requested by parents.

"I think it's really important. Everywhere you go people are speaking Spanish and English. Everybody knows these two languages. I would love for my kids to have that experience," said Amy Wuertele who has two children at James Buchanan Elementary in Bethlehem.

Wuertele says she became interested in bringing Spanish classes to her children's school last year and been searching to find a tutor to offer an after school program.

"We just know it's easier for them to learn young, I've wanted my kids to learn Spanish. I thought about signing them up for a class, this is perfect," she said, referring to the potential Spanish language program.

Superintendent Roy says BASD will present a final version of the plan to the school board in November and a final vote may happen in January. If the program is approved, Roy says classes may start next fall.

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