Trotting the Globe Without Leaving School

Students at Roguewood Elementary took a virtual trip around the world recently, sampling food and creating crafts from four countries with parents and teachers as their guides. “GlobeTrotter Day” was put on with the help of the Roguewood PTO, which provided financial support and some 75 parent volunteers.

The daylong event in mid-March allowed students to spend an hour in each of four countries: Guatemala, The Philippines, Poland and Iran. Equipped with passports containing information about each country, pupils made arts and crafts, played games and tasted food and beverages from those nations. They were aided by parents who had visited and/or have relatives in those countries, with artifacts and photographs to share.

Along the route of their virtual travels, students learned about the climate, geography and economy of foreign lands. Principal Doug Hoogerland called it a chance to “experience multi-culturalism in a fun and exciting way.”

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Charles Honey
Charles Honey is a freelance writer and former columnist for The Grand Rapids Press/ MLive.com. As a reporter for The Press from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today magazine, Religion News Service and the Aquinas College alumni magazine. Read Charles' full bio.

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