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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Gardner-Webb University International students visit local school for Cultural Awareness Day

"Local school children learned some inside information about several faraway countries from Gardner-Webb University International Programs representatives during Cultural Awareness Day, held April 17 at Fallston Elementary School." continues Shelby Star.
International students from Gardner-Webb University, from left, Christal Ransome, Chloe Boucquemont, Steve Jones, and Ronia Hutterli, visited Fallston Elementary students for cultural awareness day. 
Photo: Shelby Star
The daylong event — coordinated in part by GWU Assistant Director of International Programs Gail Peace — featured presentations by university international students Steve Jones of Great Britain, Ronia Hutterli of Switzerland, and Christal Ransome of Trinidad and Tobago. Chloe Boucquemont of France, a one-year teaching assistant in the Department of World Languages, also represented GWU.

Students in kindergarten through fourth grade took part in the event, which was coordinated by Rebecca Lane, the English as a Second Language Coordinator for Fallston and Casar elmentary schools and Burns Middle School].  She began the day as a way to help students learn about and appreciate cultural differences among a variety of groups.

Catherine Frailey is a fourth-grade teacher at Fallston, and she thinks students benefit from participating in the awareness day in a variety of ways. “We can connect ideas we’ve read in both fiction and non-fiction to what we learn about a country during a presentation,” Frailey explained. “For instance, we’ve talked about the lost colony, so when we saw Chloe’s presentation, the kids realized it’s real. It’s not just what they’ve seen in a book.”

Source: Shelby Star