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International elementary school open house

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LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN (WXOW)-- On Wednesday, parents got the chance to visit Northwoods Elementary school for an open house experience.

The school showed off a cultural emersion program that allows children of all grades to focus on a specific country and learn about it. The school focuses strongly upon the Spanish language.

Half of the school day is set aside to practicing Spanish, and using it in an everyday environment.

"I think it is really important to have an international school especially at the elementary level," said Sandy Brauer, principal of Northwoods Elementary. "Because at that age kids minds are open and they really want to learn about the world around them and we really we teach them early on about other countries and other cultures, and so they have respect for their own heritage and their own culture but also at the same time have a lot of understanding of other countries and cultures as well."

The school views cultural diversity as a teaching tool, in order to teach children the importance of respecting others and their environment.   

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