The Incredible Bookmobile

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Siler City Elementary School just south of the Triad was struggling not that long ago. But after being given the choice to learn both English and Spanish, the students are now thriving.

The school also has a bookmobile, which contains more than 5,000 donated books, that keeps students from forgetting what they learned over the summer.

Data showed 80 percent of native Spanish speakers in the program are English proficient, compared to only 35 percent in English-only classes countywide.

Data also showed students in the dual-language program scored better on end-of-grade tests than students countywide who aren't in it.

Even with the controversy that English should be the universal language of the United States, several native English families have signed up for the program.

The vast majority of students at the school are Hispanic. Some of the non-Hispanic families that left the school during its rougher days have actually come back to take part in the program.

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