Sharing the Dream Schools in the News

Codington Elementary Students Work Toward a More Peaceful World

Pressley Baird | Wilmington-Star News, Wilmington, NC

Namaste Codington

John Jay Bonstingl teaches students how to say “Namaste”– an Indian greeting that means “I see the good that is within you.”

Students at Codington Elementary School are making some new friends — in places like Turkey and Brazil.

The school is part of a newly launched worldwide leadership project called “Building a More Peaceful World, One Classroom at a Time.” The program was created by Codington Elementary Principal Budd Dingwall and John Jay Bonstingl, author of school leadership book, Schools of Quality.

The goal of the program is to help students learn how to work and communicate with people that might look, sound and think differently from them, according to a release from New Hanover County Schools. Codington Elementary is the first American school to participate in the program.

Codington Elementary students “met” and interviewed their international counterparts this week through Skype, a computer program that uses a webcam and microphone to let two people communicate. They spoke to students from Istanbul, Turkey and Limeira, Brazil. The leadership project will continue with  more interviews with other students around the world.

Wilmington Star-News, Wilmington, NC. Published: March 8, 2013. Used with permission.


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