Third- and fourth-grade students got an in-depth look at the big world that lies beyond their high desert home on Friday during Sisters Elementary School's first "Multicultural Day."
The students created their own passports and moved from classroom to classroom to get them stamped at presentations on countries from four continents. The presentations were the work of several community volunteers who had worked in, traveled to, or hailed from a foreign land.
"We have such an incredible resource of people in our community to help us out," said teacher Katie Parsons.
In Parsons' classroom, Jamie Lyn Weber offered a slide show on Italy. Students were intrigued by the layers upon layers of civilization represented in Rome. Weber, whose presentation was animated and engaging for the kids, noted that in the Roman forum, ruins from the days of Julius Caesar are topped with Renaissance-era construction and crowned with a modern ice cream shop that serves "the best ice cream on the planet."
Across the hall in Ms. Holden's room, a colorfully dressed Ruth Rincon provided a glimpse of Peruvian culture - along with samples of delicious food.
Parsons was very pleased with the inaugural multicultural day event.
"What an enriching afternoon for our kiddos to get to travel to four different continents in the matter of a couple of hours," she said. "We certainly hope to make this an annual tradition at SES."