Since the last census was taken thirteen years ago South Central Kentucky has certainly become a more diverse state. In fact according to the Cabinet for Families and Children, more than thirty five thousand people in Kentucky don't speak English well or at all. In order to address the diversity that is growing across the state and nation schools are changing their curriculum.
Cumberland Trace Elementary students will all be learning Spanish this year and next. It's part of a theme at the school called "Celebration of Cultures." The Department of Education granted the school money to help pay for a language and art study program. Students will study Spanish for thirty minutes every week.
They will also paint and sculpt different aspects of the Japanese, Bosnian, and Hispanic cultures. Teachers say they hope students learn more about other cultures and have a better understanding of their own.