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The world arrives at J.S. Waters School

Posted Saturday, April 2, 2011

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Goldston, NC - The world arrived at J.S. Waters School on Thursday, March 31, with the J.S. Waters Multicultural Festival. Students had prepared for this day for several weeks. Each grade level or class had been studying about a particular country; art classes had focused on the art forms for that country and many music classes have traveled around the world "musically."

Christy Bright and Leigh Moore's first and second combination grade class report the following, "It is ironic that we chose Japan prior to the terrible disaster that has happened. All through this tragic event, the children have shown much concern for the people of Japan. On the morning the earthquake happened, many of the students talked about it and were knowledgeable about the location of Japan and the fact that it is an Island. In their eyes studying about Japan is now a larger interest."

Students participated in making crafts, flags, kites and lanterns as well as dressing in traditional Japanese attire. Heather Cox's class took a field trip to eat lunch at a Japanese restaurant prior to the festival as part of their learning experience.

Along with local presenters, the UNC Navigators program will provide college students presenting about various countries where they have visited or lived. Presentations on the Taj Mahal in India, Vienna Austria, Poland, South America and the art of Kung Fu are some of the various offerings that took place.

In addition, J.S. Waters students heard stories from many countries told by a Chatham County professional storyteller, Louise Omoto Kessell. A museum with artifacts from around the world, interacting with media, a tasting table with foods from various countries, and playing the international game of soccer are other scheduled stops on students multicultural journeys.

The J.S. Waters Multicultural Festival was funded by the J.S. Waters PTA.

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