To strengthen our internationalism, we inaugurated our cultural studies in January 2009 with a study of China. Activities in culture, literature, geography, food preparation, history and language are incorporated into the school day as part of this program.
The highlight of the China study was the Dragon Parade to celebrate the Chinese New Year. We continue to celebrate this holiday annually.
Other Highlights of the First Year:
China - In addition to our fantastic Dragon Parade, guest speaker Xiuqi (Dorothy) Chen spoke about the tradition of making dumplings for Chinese New Year, showed the students a classical painting of a man lighting fireworks (a product that China invented), and explained that red means luck whereas gold means wealth.
Brazil - Samba dance lessons wearing fabulous hats made in art class dancing to Brazilian Carnaval music.
Kenya - The children collected pennies to buy pencils and other school supplies for a deserving high school student in Meru, Kenya. We also welcomed a visiting young Kenyan as a guest speaker.
Mexico - The children performed a play highlighting the history of the important days celebrated in Mexico. The play was also performed at a local elementary school in Green Bay.