|World comes to Elida at International Fair|
|Thursday, November 07, 2013 9:00 PM|
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
Groups of kindergarten, second-, third- and fourth-grade students spent time learning about the unique customs and cultures at 16 different booths. Countries represented included Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, England, France, Germany, New Zealand, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and Vietnam.
There were also stations for international food, music and sports. UNOH currently has students from 40 states and 24 foreign countries.
Kindergartner Lacie Hawkey said learning about soccer and rugby from students from Brazil and England was cool.
“In rugby, they throw the ball underhanded,” Hawkey said. “German students showed us their money, Euros.”
The International Fair was an idea started after the UNOH international students visited different classrooms at Elida Elementary throughout the fall. Teachers in each of the classrooms loved the interaction between the younger children and students from another country.
One of the learning objectives at the second-grade level is about culture, so this partnership is a great way for the students to meet one of their learning standards and actually meet college students from different countries.
UNOH freshman Viktoria Bogren, who is from Sweden, said it has been a great experience for college students to meet the grade school children and participate in their classes.
“The fair gives all of us the opportunity to get involved and share our cultures and commonalities,” Bogren said excitedly. Bogren likes living in the United States and says that everyone is very polite. She plans on returning to Sweden after completing her degree.
“It has been an amazing experience to be here,” Bogren said. “Now I have friends from all over the world.”