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Seven nationalities, one classroom

One of Charlotte’s most unusual charity programs will conclude Friday, when the Freedom School Partners site at St. John’s United Methodist Church holds its first ever graduation ceremony in multiple languages.

The program combines American children with immigrant kids from around the world, including the Middle East, Vietnam, Burma, South America and Cambodia.

The St. John’s site was created this year as a way to help Charlotte’s growing population of immigrant children improve their English reading skills.

Freedom School Partners has 19 sites, and is celebrating its 10th summer of helping at-risk kids improve their reading skills during summer vacation. This year, more than 1,200 students participated in the six week program.

Mark Price

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