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Education Department Holds Multicultural Fair for 3rd Graders

Released: 11/11/2008

The Department of Education at LSU at Alexandria will hold its semi-annual Geo-Awareness Multicultural Fair for third-grade students at Mabel Brasher and Carter C. Raymond elementary schools on Nov. 20 from 11a.m.-1 p.m. on the campus quadrangle, announced Dr. Diann Norris, assistant professor of education. Students from her social studies methods class will man booths representing China, Japan, France, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Sweden, Spain and Brazil.

“This is a project that benefits both groups of students,” Norris said. “The LSUA social studies methods students create lesson plans from the research they’ve done on their countries, and this material is presented by our students at Phoenix Magnet and Peabody Montessori schools as part of the curriculum. It’s also used in a very engaging fashion at the multicultural fair.”

The booths feature LSUA students role-playing in costume, ethnic food, artifacts and literature pertaining to the specific country. The third graders are given a “passport” that is “stamped” at each booth. The elementary students will write a letter about the experience when they return to their classroom.

The multicultural fair also will feature students from Dr. Rhonda Shook’s acting class and the French and Spanish clubs at LSUA, and representatives from the Tunica-Biloxi tribe and local Czech dancers also will participate.