Students Go Global with Embassy Tours and International Festival

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Middle schoolers at Southwest Academy Magnet School for Science and Engineering in Baltimore, MD, are touring Embassy Row in Washington, D.C. this May, as part of the school’s Get Global! Initiative.

The school-wide program, funded by a Sharing the Dream grant, has engaged students in lively, thoughtful discussions all year about different regions and cultures of the world using Edmodo.com, a safe, online social media-inspired site.

“Both students and teachers have been exchanging information about their own culture, taking risks and asking their peers about their culture, and showing tolerance and appreciation for diversity,” said Jessica Kreichauf, the school’s Spanish department chair who heads up the project.

Two students per grade have been selected each month—based on the thoughtfulness of their Edmodo.com comments—to participate in a field trip to Washington, D.C. this May, where they will tour international embassies and visit the National Museum of the American Indian and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Twenty-two students have been selected so far, and “are all excited about the trip,” Kreichauf said.

The school also is preparing for an International Festival for families on Saturday, June 1st, featuring live musical performances, skits, bilingual poetry readings, food tastings and an exhibit of student research projects showcasing Native American, Middle Eastern, Afro-Caribbean and other cultures.

“Our goal is for students to understand how diverse we all are,” Kreichauf said, “and how important it is that we all learn from each other and respect one another in order to be productive citizens in an ever-changing multicultural world.”

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