Fostering a Global Connection

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Over the past few years, students in the Bellmore School District have been corresponding through videoconferences with fellow students in various countries throughout the world. Students have made connections with children from Poland, Scotland, Chile, Russia, India, and Uganda, just to name a few.

This year Winthrop Avenue Technology Assistant Carol Monaco arranged a global partnership between England native and fourth-grade teacher Phinola Baeza and Donna Nicholson, a fourth-grade teacher from a primary school in the small country town of Staffordshire, England. Throughout the year, the two classes have compared their lives and cultures. So when Mrs. Nicholson and her family traveled to New York in April, Mrs. Baeza and Mrs. Monaco decided to meet her for lunch. Mrs. Nicholson brought letters from her students and a British teddy bear for the class. Mrs. Baeza and Mrs. Monaco shared copies of the district’s newsletter, the Bellmore Buzz, a character education program pamphlet, a Winthrop Avenue planner, and letters from our students. The main topic of conversation was the children, the friendships they had made, and the letters they shared. They also discussed future communications between the two classes.