KINGSTON — Sacred Heart School has launched a language project between fifth and sixth graders at Sacred Heart and their counterparts in Colegio CEIP Valdepalitos, a public bilingual elementary school in Alcobendas, Spain.

The program is the brainchild of Kimberly Balaschi, a Sacred Heart Spanish teacher, and her daughter Anna Balaschi, also a Spanish teacher presently instructing English in the city of Alcobendas, located near Madrid.

Exchanges between the students will be posted on a Google Blogger; Sacred Heart students will write in English, while students from Colegio CEIP Valdepalitos will scribe in Spanish, allowing both groups exposure to their target language.

Kimberly and Anna Balaschi will initiate the program by exchanging group photos of the children. Students will each hold a decorated name placard to introduce themselves. The program will feature a monthly topic of discussion to address with their new friends, such as after school activities, hobbies, favorite foods, life at school, holidays and family.

“What a fun and creative way to study a foreign language,” said interim elementary school principal Shaun Morgan. “Not only will students at Sacred Heart and Colegio CEIP Valdepalitos become better versed in Spanish and English, they will also make friendships that may last a lifetime.”