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Union County Public Schools now has more language immersion classes than any other school district in North Carolina.

UCPS has implemented it's SPLASH program for nine classes of rising Kindergartners. Seven of those classes are Spanish-speaking, while two are Chinese.

The program is intended to catch kids at an early age where it's easier to learn a secondary language. Those in the program will be speaking only their secondary language throughout the day (except for physical education and art classes).

"At the beginning they look at you like 'what is this?' but then they just get it because kids learn so fast," teacher Estefania Ramos said.

Ramos moved to the states just over one year ago from Columbia. She is one of two teachers at Poplin Elementary for one class of 24 students. Following Kindergarten, one of the two teachers will move up to First Grade with the students.

Parents can apply for their children to be in the program and get a jump start on living in a global economy, although, classes are capped off at 24 students.

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