Yesterday I had the pleasure of going to Troy Hills Elementary School in the Parsippany - Troy Hill School district to see Travel Day in action. I can not even begin to describe to you how engaged, and excited all of the student were. I tweeted out a few pictures of the event and got some questions about how it works from fellow teachers who might want to do something like this in their schools. I asked Christine Lupia - Fugere the amazing librarian there to share a little about how the day works. Here is here write up!
" Every year, a committee of Troy Hills staff members works with their principal to reach out to the parent community, looking for volunteers to come into school to present about their cultural heritage or country of origin. Students and staff are invited to dress in clothing that represents their cultural heritage, country of origin or a place that they traveled. Or they can represent our school colors (blue and white) or red, white and blue for the USA. Students create flags to carry for our Parade of Nations. Teachers work with students to create maps and flags to represent the various countries. Presenters teach about music, art, culture, clothing, education and the history of the various cultures and countries. Today we learned about Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Spain, Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, South Korea, Cameroon (Africa) India Korea, Scotland, Ireland, Brazil and Spain. Our Character Trait of the month is "Acceptance," which fits in with our theme of multicultural diversity and tolerance. Students will have opportunities to engage in follow-up writing activities in the classroom and in the media center, as well."
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