AP: Quiet Start for NYC Arabic School

By DEEPTI HAJELA – September 05, 2007

NEW YORK (AP) — After all the fuss and fracas, the opening of the city’s new Arabic school turned out to be much like any other first day of class.

The 55 sixth-grade students enrolled at the Khalil Gibran International Academy were greeted Tuesday morning by only supportive faces as they made their way into the space they share in Brooklyn with another middle school and a high school.

Supporters of the school, named for the Lebanese Christian poet who promoted peace, stood by as the students started their day. The school is the first in the city to teach Arabic and Arab culture. More…


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