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This kindergarten learning program is the first-of-its-kind in Florida – WPBF West Palm Beach

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A new language program in Palm Beach County is the first of its kind in Florida.
At Rolling Green Elementary in the School District of Palm Beach County, a teacher is now instructing students in both English and Haitian Creole.
Deputy Superintendent Ed Tierney met students who are trying out the new program, which kicked off on Wednesday.
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Educators are hoping it will help students develop cross-cultural skills and reach high levels of academic achievement.
“This is kind of groundbreaking for us,” said Superintendent Mike Burke.
According to the district, 9,500 students in Palm Beach County identify as Haitian Creole as their native or home language.

“We’re going to look at the demographics and see where in the community would like to have the program,” added Burke.

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“We want to be responsive, so we are kind of going through that process now to line up a second school for next year.”
There’s a waitlist for the program at this time. Priority is being given to incoming kindergarteners who live within the school boundaries.
Video below: Palm Beach County Superintendent Mike Burke on the first day of school
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