Students in rural Connecticut begin learning Italian in kindergarten

12/21/2009 | Hartford Courant (Conn.), The

Students from kindergarten through eighth grade at a rural Connecticut school have received Italian instruction for the past nine years thanks to funding from the Italian American Committee on Education -- a group funded by Italy's government. The funding has made it possible for the school to adopt the Italian curriculum and hire an instructor, even during tough budget times. "We wanted to have children exposed to world language and culture," the school board's chairwoman said.

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