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Sachi Takahashi teaches a class of third-graders in Dooley Elementary School's dual language program in Schaumburg, which offers Japanese- and English-speaking students the opportunity to become biliterate, bilingual and bicultural.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Naoko Sanders teaches a class of fourth-graders in Dooley Elementary School's dual language program in Schaumburg, which offers Japanese- and English-speaking students the opportunity to become biliterate, bilingual and bicultural.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Sachi Takahashi teaches a class of third-graders in Dooley Elementary School's dual language program in Schaumburg, which offers Japanese- and English-speaking students the opportunity to become biliterate, bilingual and bicultural.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Sachi Takahashi teaches a class of third-graders in Dooley Elementary School's dual language program in Schaumburg, which offers Japanese- and English-speaking students the opportunity to become biliterate, bilingual and bicultural.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Nature Ridge Elementary School first-grade teacher Lourdes Thorne works with her dual language class in Bartlett.

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Nature Ridge Elementary School first grade teacher Lourdes Thorne works with her dual language class in Bartlett.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Chase Dorn, a 15-year-old from Elk Grove Village who speaks Japanese fluently, hopes to go into law and work for a Japanese company.

JOE LEWNARD/ jlewnard@ dailyherald.com

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Most kids get excited about pizza and cupcakes when their parents let them host birthday parties. Chase Dorn, now 15, always preferred sushi and seaweed. The Conant High School sophomore's connection to Japanese language and culture was cemented over eight years in one of the nation's only Japanese English dual language programs.
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    • Sachi Takahashi teaches a class of third-graders in Dooley Elementary School's dual language program in Schaumburg, which offers Japanese- and English-speaking students the opportunity to become biliterate, bilingual and bicultural.
    • Naoko Sanders teaches a class of fourth-graders in Dooley Elementary School’s dual language program in Schaumburg, which offers Japanese- and English-speaking students the opportunity to become biliterate, bilingual and bicultural.
    • Sachi Takahashi teaches a class of third-graders in Dooley Elementary School’s dual language program in Schaumburg, which offers Japanese- and English-speaking students the opportunity to become biliterate, bilingual and bicultural.
    • Sachi Takahashi teaches a class of third-graders in Dooley Elementary School’s dual language program in Schaumburg, which offers Japanese- and English-speaking students the opportunity to become biliterate, bilingual and bicultural.
    • Nature Ridge Elementary School first-grade teacher Lourdes Thorne works with her dual language class in Bartlett.
    • Nature Ridge Elementary School first grade teacher Lourdes Thorne works with her dual language class in Bartlett.
    • Chase Dorn, a 15-year-old from Elk Grove Village who speaks Japanese fluently, hopes to go into law and work for a Japanese company.
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