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Ponn Sabra dashes from room to room excitedly talking about a new school that opened earlier this month.

"Every room has a resting center where tired students may nap," she says. "Homework won't be boring memorization. Every day there will gym.

"And in this room no English will be spoken," she states. "Only Arabic."

The school she's talking about is Salma K. Farid Academy­ --the first Muslim school in southwestern Connecticut. Its location in a converted warehouse on Leeder Hill Drive in Hamden puts it next to the Bible Gospel Center and across the street from the Highville Charter School and Roberto Clemente Leadership Academy.


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