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Elementary kids graduate from bilingual learning program

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It's graduation time here in the valley -- and for one Scottsdale elementary school it's a pretty special day.

Students at Pueblo Elementary School have been taking classes taught in both English and Spanish, and are now graduating 6th grade as bilingual learners.

"We're gonna party," says Nicholas Pazienza.

"Feels awesome," says Asante Brown.

"It was a beautiful ceremony, everyone did a wonderful job I couldn't be more proud," says mother Nicole Pazienza.

It's the first class to graduation at Pueblo Elementary in the foreign language immersion program. FLI is a specialized program at Pueblo and Mohave where students who speak English learn subjects in Spanish half the day.

Students learn the curriculum while also learning to speak, read and write in two languages.

"I think my favorite thing is learning about the culture and how to speak the language," says Beckett Orf.

"Sometimes I talk to my little sister in Spanish and we talk the whole time in Spanish," says Brown.

They'll soon have the chance to put their hard work to the test on a trip to Costa Rica this summer.

The program will continue through middle school and into high school.

Pueblo Elementary has an open enrollment policy, so students from around the valley can attend the school.

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