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Esmeralda Bermudez. July 26, 2014. 8:00 AM                                                   LA TIMES


Elena Versage has something to say, but the words just won't come out. "Dime," her teacher urges. "Tell me." The 7-year-old looks to the floor and wrings her hands. "I can't," she whispers. "I don't know Spanish."


It was the second day of a summer camp created by the Los Angeles Theatre Academy to help children with Latino roots hold on to their Spanish. But even in a city where everyone seems to speak un poquito de español, the goal is more easily set than accomplished.

Theatre Camp Helps Keep the Spanish in Latino-Heritage Families

KNBC - TV Channel 4 - LA Theatre Academy Keeps Hispanic Tradition Alive

Lolita Lopez Sunday, September 21, 2014                                                                                   KNBC-Channel 4


Children show off their bilingual skills at the LA Theatre Academy in Elysian Park. Families say it's a way to keep cultural traditions alive for generations to come. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News on Sunday, September 21, 2014.

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