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Evangeline Parish adds French Immersion programs to schools

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Students in Evangeline Parish will soon be able to learn French. 

The parish has been added to a list of schools in Acadiana to have French immersion programs. The programs are being offered at two schools in Evangeline Parish. 

French is a language some have said died out in the parish. However, this program could change that. 

"Once you sign up, they'll teach you how," 5-year-old student Isabella Briley said. "Once you speak it, you get to learn it more." 

The program is part of a partnership with the school board and CODOFIL, the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana.

Right now, there are more than 30 French immersion programs in the state, with several in Acadiana. 

"It's most important to have them in each parish that forms parts of Acadiana," Governor Edwards said. "We want to continue to expand the program, but it's critically important that every single parish that forms part of Acadiana has at least one program."  

For Isabella and her father Chris, it's been a long time coming. Isabella was the first child to sign up for the program. She'll be starting the first grade next year.

"It's not something spoken around the house as much anymore," Chris Briley said. "Hopefully, with her getting the French immersion program at school, it'll be a more commonplace at home."  

He added, "I'm glad that Evangeline Parish is getting it. We've heard about it in Iberia Parish and Lafayette Parish, so it's really great that Evangeline Parish is getting the French immersion program."

The programs will be held at Mamou and Ville Platte elementary schools. The programs will begin next school year. 

To sign up your child for the program, you can call the Evangeline Parish School Board Office for more information. 

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