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French Ministry awards $15,600 grant to Mandala School of East Aurora

The Mandala School of East Aurora has received $15,600 from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to promote the learning of the French language and culture.

The school for children in kindergarten through eighth grade offers immersion French and Spanish classes, said John E. Newton, Mandala director.

The grant, one of four awarded in the country, will be used to expand community offerings beyond the current weekly classes offered by Alliance Francaise. Cage Soirees will be added for beginning French students and for those in the community who want higher level conversations, said Newton. The soirees will include studies of French history, literature and food.

Local French consul Pascal Soares was instrumental in guiding the proposal and obtaining the grant, said Newton.

Mandala School is located at 738 Main St. in a house built in 1824.

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