Russian Immersion teacher Olessia Bordioug leads her Kelly Elementary class through a Russian lesson.

Russian Immersion teacher Olessia Bordioug leads her Kelly Elementary class through a Russian lesson.

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Tucked inside a squat brick building in one of Portland’s low-income neighborhoods just might be the key to our national security problems.

At least, that’s what the United States government believes as it granted about $45,000 to boost a unique program many don’t even know exists in the Lents neighborhood.

It’s not a secret. In fact, there’s a concerted effort to get more people aware of this program, before it disappears.

Kelly Elementary School’s Russian immersion program is one of only a handful in the country — the others being in Alaska, Ohio, Colorado, Maryland and just to the south in Woodburn, Oregon. Starting in kindergarten, students can acquire a near-native knowledge of Russian, taking subjects in the language all the way through college at Portland State University.

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