- Sponsorship -

Trotting the Globe One Classroom at a Time

Students Take a Taste of Different Countries and Cultures

It was only one day, but these kids traveled all over the world.

They went to Russia, South Africa, Lithuania and Denmark, sampling their foods, games and even dancing with Shakira, thanks to Globe Trotter Day at Roguewood Elementary School. The annual educational/cultural tour came courtesy of teachers and parents who volunteered many hours to set up colorful classroom displays and help students experience the wider world.

“Even though there’s different cultures, kids are kind of the same,” said Principal Doug Hoogerland, who began the event some 15 years ago at Crestwood Elementary. “But we are different, and that isn’t a bad thing.”

Doing Danish crafts are, clockwise from bottom left, Grace Bergeron, Ellie Gardner, Ryder Cliff, Jack Bartish and parent helper Amy Vancil
Doing Danish crafts are, clockwise from bottom left, Grace Bergeron, Ellie Gardner, Ryder Cliff, Jack Bartish and parent helper Amy Vancil

Students toted passports to and from classrooms that were transformed into different countries amid flag-draped hallways. In Denmark, they munched on Danish pebernodder cookies, played Legos and read Hans Christian Andersen books donated by the Roguewood PTO.

“I love it, because I myself get to learn about the country, something I would have never done on my own,” said Tania Gordon, PTO president, who led the Denmark room. “I also have a lot of fun with the kids, watching them learn.”

Her children are in Roguewood’s Spanish Immersion program, which gives the school a global glow at all times.

“I love how one language is very similar to the other languages,” she added. “It’s a great opportunity.”

CONNECT

Roguewood Elementary School

- Sponsorship -
Charles Honey
Charles Honey
Charles Honey is editor-in-chief of SNN, and covers Rockford and Grand Rapids. As a reporter for The Grand Rapids Press/mLive 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 and its columnist for 20. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today, Religion News Service and Faith & Leadership magazine. Read Charles' full bio or email Charles.

LATEST ARTICLES

Fourth-grade hockey fan gets a magical hour on ice: ‘I made the shot!’

Raised as a Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins hockey fan, Jackson Solow lights up while skating on an ice rink wearing his favorite hockey jersey...

‘This time it is continued learning’

One school’s switch from in-person to virtual education last week was nearly seamless, especially when compared with the forced school closure in March...

Foundation grants $28,285 in fall funding requests

Virtual phys ed and art experiences, materials to improve classroom focus and books on social issues aimed at middle-schoolers are among the grants approved this fall...

Latest school closings expand on state-ordered high school mandate

More Kent County districts continue to announce temporary school building closures, as schools contend with a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Kent County and Michigan...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related Articles

Students find a quiet place to chill out: the hygge room

A calming “hygge room” has become a popular part of Roguewood Elementary’s mental-health supports for students during the pandemic...

Major factor in school closings: evidence of virus spread

While the Kent County Health Department is working hard with superintendents to keep schools open, sometimes closing is the best way to mitigate spread...

High school, Freshman Center closed for two weeks after virus outbreak

Rockford High School and Freshman Center are closed until Oct. 23 after 17 students tested positive for COVID-19...
- Sponsorship -

HOW'S SCHOOL TODAY?

Engagement: The Most Important Measure of Student Success

Polls find that students’ engagement in their school work declines as they ascend the grades. Tests that don’t relate to their real-life experiences exacerbate the problem...

RADEMACHER & FRIENDS

Food ‘angels’ support hungry kids through pandemic

They work all across Kent County, guardian angels with peanut butter on their hands and crumbs on their shirtsleeves...
- Sponsorship -

MEDIA PARTNERS

Maranda Where You LiveWGVU

SUSTAINING SPONSORS