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Nash Elementary School
On Tue, 17 Mar 1998, Jerry Hendel wrote:
> I teach art for grades 1-5 at two el. schools. At one of my schools we
> used the schoolwide theme "Around The World in 180 Days." It is a
> multicultural arts awareness program that was created at Magnolia
> Elementary School in Carlsbad, California. I don't have their address, but
> probably would be easy to find. We had five 6 week long festivals focusing
> on Native America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
> A lot of my projects have always been multicultural and I have been able
> to plug them in appropriately, such as mummy cases and masks while we were
> in Africa, totem poles,weaving and pottery in Native America, Mardi Gras in
> Europe, etc. In areas where I am weaker, it has been a great challenge to
> ferret out information. Good for me and the kids. I used many things at my
> second school, too.
> Schoolwide, we have had assemblies, guest speakers(bagpipes,dance,
> storyteller,drama), guest artists and so on. We have a college and junior
> college here (Galesburg, IL) and were able to draw from there---including
> international students. We also have parents and others in the community
> who were willing to share. Also, children have learned about their own
> heritage. Each class made a banner are all hanging in the hallways. We had
> a poster which has been put on shirts. We also have a bear (teddy) who
> travels and send letter back which are put on a board and the area marked
> on a world map.
> Another el.school in the community has focused the entire year on China.
> Great! Lanterns, calligraphy and other things the teacher has told me about.
> What else can I tell you? Glad to hear of your interest.Let me know what
> you think.
> Anne Carman-Hendel