Between Kindergarten and O.A.C. (Grade 13 in Ontario) I was enrolled in French Immersion. I learned how to read in French before English, learned subjects like Math and History in French, and had no problem writing and speaking to Francophones. Now, I speak French slowly, and often pull out my French/English dictionary for words I used to be able to remember.
A couple of months ago I spoke to my boss about the possibility of taking French classes to improve my skills at work. He was supportive and said to let him know how much courses/books/parking would cost and we'd make room in the budget for them.
So, as of next week I'll be taking French classes at Algonquin College!! I'll take another class in the Fall (I'd end up missing 4-6 classes in the summer because of my trip to Europe, so it wasn't worth it.
I can add another $1,000 (approximately) to my "raise" this year!