Now students at Holyoke’s Metcalf Pre-School are getting that chance.
What started out as just a pilot idea with space for just 10 kids got an overwhelming response from parents, and grew into two half-hour sessions for more than 30 kids. “This is the beginning of the two way program. It’s national, but here is the first time we’re going to do it. I’m excited, I’m excited for the city in a positive way,” said Dr. Sergio Paez, Superintendent of Holyoke Public Schools.
“I think it is easier for some people, when you’re younger, I think it is a gift, and it’s much easier, especially if you have someone to practice with,” Spanish Teacher Ana Malave said. “I think that the ability to have this dual language is going to create so many opening and open so many doors for them,” Principal Amy Burke stated.
Malave says that she hopes the program is so successful that it expands to elementary school.