First and third-grade students at Dobbins Elementary School traveled the seven seas in less than a few hours during the school's Literacy Night held Jan. 16.
The hallways of the elementary school were gateways to countries around the world during the event, which was inspired by international and multiculturalism.
"This is for first and third graders," said event coordinator Jennifer Nigh. "The new State Common Core State Standards require that we teach students how to be global citizens. Our goal is to learn about literacy and be exposed to a new genre and learn about different cultures. At this age you have to do it in a way that they can relate."
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Poland Dobbins students Joseph Hillyer and Connor Hudran read a recipe and begin making their own salsa during the school's 'Literacy Night' on Jan. 16. The event encouraged reading and learning about other cultures while taking part in some fun activities.
Throughout the evening, parents and students visited several classrooms learning about the culture and language of other countries including Pakistan, Mexico and Japan.
Instructors taught students and their parents native recipes of their culture. Liliana Fontes showed her class how to make home-made Mexican salsa.
"They're learning that you don't just read books, you also read recipes and signs," Fontes said.
Parents also found fun in learning and saw the benefits of the event for their children.
"I think it's important to introduce different cultures to our children because now that they are digitally equipped," said Krista White. "The world is becoming smaller to them and it's easier to connect with different cultures."
A raffle was held to raise money for international and multi-cultural books for the school and more than 100 books were lined up in the school's gymnasium for students to choose.
"We want to engage students and the truth is some of us are able to engage students but the material has to be able to grab their attention, said principal Michael Daley. "We want them to be prepared for a fast-changing culture."