Moms Push to Launch Russian Dual-Language Program on Upper West Side

A pair of local moms is on a mission to launch a Russian dual-language program at a neighborhood public school that would split class time between the two tongues.

Olga Ilyashenko said she was passionate about preserving her family’s Eastern European culture and couldn’t imagine her son not getting to read Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” or other great works of Russian literature in their original language.

Ilyashenko, who is Ukranian, and her husband, who is Russian, only spoke Russian to their son Julian after he was born, showing him Russian cartoons and reading to him in their native tongue.

Read more at DNAinfo.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *