The World Language Department at Saint Rita of Cascia High School celebrated National Foreign Language Week March 7-11. This year's theme was "Languages Enrich the Mind". Eight students submitted their original design on a poster for this theme. After several days of voting, Kevin O'Hara received first prize, Jeremiah McFarlane received second prize and Eric Chibe received third prize for their posters.
Throughout the week there were many ways we showcased our foreign languages and celebrated international cultures. As a school community, we heard the Hail Mary each day in Latin, Spanish and French, there was a daily scavenger hunt with trivia, an after school guacamole lesson, and the sale of bracelets or "pulseras" to raise money and awareness of communities in Nicaragua and Central America. Finally, on Friday, March 11, we hosted our first Foreign Language Expo in the Van Leuven Family Research Center. There were interactive exhibits to showcase student projects such as videos, marketcplace with different currencies, several different alphabets to learn how to spell your name, international treats from many different countries to sample, duo lingo on ipads and the pulsera sale and poster contest.
It was a colorful and fun week celebrating foreign languages. Thank you to all of our students who helped get things set up as well as participated. Thank you also to the faculty and staff who attended the Foreign Language Expo.
The World Language Department also sold handwoven pulseras (braclets) made by nearly 100 artists in Nicaragua and Guatemala as a way to support them and their communities. Each pulsera is a one-of-a kind work of art.
Over $950 was raised--enough money to send a member of the artist cooperative to college classes for two years!