Avon Lake

By Nicole Hennessy

Second-grade students in Avon Lake now have the opportunity to learn Mandarin Chinese.

Though, for the time being, the program is being offered as a six-week trial run at Eastview Elementary school.

The course, which was offered to second-graders on a first-come, first-served basis, filled up quickly and was capped at 17 students.

“This is a pilot program offered after school,” said Bob Scott, Avon Lake City Schools superintendent.

“We are going to see how well-received it is and then discuss possibly offering it at our other elementary schools.”

In addition to learning basic Madarin, students are also learning about Chinese culture.

Dr. Kate Ku, who teaches Mandarin Chinese throughout the district, has been teaching the students to count to 10 and learn basic writing strokes for the past few weeks.

Christina Mars whose son, Jacob, 7, is taking the class, said, “My son was so excited to show me the registration form.”

“Studies have shown kids do better academically and socially when they learn a language at a young age.

I am grateful he has this opportunity. It opens a door to the world.”

The program runs through Dec. 14 and implementation will be discussed further after the start of 2016.

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