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Bilingual Art and Literacy Exchange Shares with Sister Cities

The bilingual art and literacy exchange at Templeton, University and Childs launched in the 2015-16 school year. The project has aimed to increase students' cultural awareness during this first year of work toward becoming International Baccalaureate World Schools.

The Spanish team, consisting of teachers Brandt Badger, Adriana Spencer, and Garbiela Coolidge, collaborated with art teachers Cassidy Young and Hannah Shuler to create bookmarks to be sent to Bloomington's sister cities in Cuba and Nicaragua.

Students had the opportunity to see pictures of people and families in Cuba and Nicaragua, and they were able to hear about the regions' foods, geography, governments, education, culture and family life from Debbi Conkle and David Boeyink of the Posoltega-Bloomington Committee along with Michelle Henderson from CUBAmistad.

The Spanish team from the three schools will the finished projects to be sent to Bloomington's sister cities in late April. The teaching team intends to continue the cultural exchange into next school year.
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