Col­legeville Stu­dents Go In­ter­na­tional

Escalon Times - - NEWS - By DAWN WEBSTER Prin­ci­pal, Col­legeville Ele­men­tary

Col­legeville School re­cently cel­e­brated In­ter­na­tional Day. The pur­pose of the day is to ex­pose stu­dents to dif­fer­ent coun­tries and their cul­tures, food, his­tory, spe­cial land­forms, and ac­tiv­i­ties. Each stu­dent trav­eled with their very own pass­port that con­tained their pic­ture, date of birth, and place of birth. As they trav­eled through­out the day they col­lected a pass­port stamp at each desti­na­tion. It was cute to see stu­dents ad­mir­ing old pass­port stamps and shar­ing what they had learned from past years.

The stu­dents be­gan the day by dec­o­rat­ing their “suit­cases,” or travel bags, do­nated by Big Boy Mar­ket. With suit­cases and pass­ports in hand their tour guide lead each class from desti­na­tion to desti­na­tion. Most teach­ers be­gan each ro­ta­tion with a short pow­er­point about their re­spec­tive coun­try, fol­lowed by an ac­tiv­ity book­let and a craft of some sort. At some stops, the stu­dents had the op­por­tu­nity to try a food item that rep­re­sented the coun­try. At the end of each ro­ta­tion the in­ter­na­tional trav­el­ers would hear “It’s a Small World Af­ter All,” and would be in­structed to pack their suit­cases, grab their pass­ports and get ready to fly to their next desti­na­tion. Some stops even pro­vided stu­dents with plane ticket to the next desti­na­tion for the day.

The stu­dents made so many mem­o­ries that day as they had a fun day of in­ter­ac­tive learn­ing. In Mex­ico, the stu­dents en­joyed the danc­ing and Mex­i­can bread. The stu­dents loved creat­ing fans in China as well as eat­ing their for­tune cook­ies. In Italy, the stu­dents loved all of the in­ter­ac­tive videos about the coun­try. The stu­dents fin­ished their tour of Italy by creat­ing a hat with the flag of Italy. In Thai­land the stu­dents loved creat­ing a beau­ti­ful ele­phant pic­ture. When stu­dents vis­ited Canada, they en­joyed learn­ing all about Canada and see­ing all of the items Mrs. Moreno got on her trip. Google Earth stole the show in Peru. Stu­dents en­joyed us­ing the app to ex­plore Peru, its many fea­tures, and its re­la­tion­ship and dis­tance from Escalon. The stu­dents also had a great time bas­ket weaving in Peru. The fi­nal desti­na­tion was Ire­land. In Ire­land, stu­dents prac­ticed danc­ing the tra­di­tional river­dance steps. All stu­dents loved danc­ing and we have some very impressive dancers at Col­legeville! Th­ese were just a few of Col­legeville’s In­ter­na­tional Day’s high­lights.

Prin­ci­pally Speak­ing is a monthly ar­ti­cle, con­trib­uted by prin­ci­pals from Escalon Uni­fied School Dis­trict sites, through­out the school year. It is de­signed to up­date the com­mu­nity on school events and ac­tiv­i­ties.

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