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Boise Basque Preschool—America's Only—to Reopen Monday, July 20

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Boise is home to America's only Basque pre-school. Since 1998, Boise Ikastola, a Basque-language immersion school, was based out of the St. Paul's Catholic Student Center at Boise State University. But Monday, July 20, it will reopen at its new home across from Garfield Elementary on Broadway Avenue. 

The new school, located at 1955 Broadway Ave., will host a ribbon cutting featuring Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, members of the school's faculty and staff, and representatives of the Basque Museum & Cultural Center July 20 at 6 p.m.

Boiseko Ikastola is the only school of its kind outside Spain's Basque Country, and members of the Basque Government helped finance the establishment and operations of the school through grants and sourcing speakers of Euskara—the Basque language—who come to Boise as teachers. Over the years, approximately 150 students have attended the school, and currently almost 20 students are enrolled in Ikastola's summer session. According to Basque Museum & Cultural Center Educations Programs Specialist Annie Gavica, the new location has been under renovation for the last six to eight weeks in preparation for the reopening.