The press reports that the Cherokee Nation’s Immersion School expanded this month and added a new 6,000-square-foot building.
Through the walls, the sounds of children talking and singing in Cherokee could be heard. The entire building was filled with the buzzing energy of classrooms of elementary-age students.
The school is also going to have a traditional garden and grow traditional foods and plants.
The immersion program began in 2001 and started with a class of 3- and 4-year-olds and has grown to 83 students now and is expecting more.
The mission of the school is to promote the revitalization/usage of Cherokee language while educating children in a safe and cultural environment.
By immersing students in the Cherokee language, the goal is for children to become bilingual or even multi-lingual while receiving an education in a cultural manner.