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East meets west at Niskayuna school

According to Hambyul Kindergarten's owner Bong-Wook Park, "Hanbok" costumes date back nearly 2,000 years. He said the colorful and flowing costumes are now worn during national holidays including the Korean Thanksgiving and the Lunar New Year.

Parents of several American campers dropped by Haggerty's school to watch the traditional performance.

For Jocelyn Scott, of Burnt Hills, who teaches kindergarten at the Niskayuna school, the performance was especially meaningful. Scott and her husband adopted two children from Korea.

Her son Park, 5, and daughter, Kalia, 3, were immediately drawn to the young Korean boys.

"My kids are just like the Korean children," said Scott. "Their personalities and the things they do are so alike."

Haggerty and Wolf hope the immersion program will continue next summer. They also plan to continue their students' relationship during the school year through a pen-pal program.

"We'll e-mail pictures back and forth so that next year the kids will have an even smoother transition into the program," said Wolf.""

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