Upper School Spanish students engaged in a local cross-cultural exchange with students from the International Welcome Center (IWC) of Ritenour Schools. During a winter field trip that included a trip to a local Mexican restaurant and store, they visited the Center to meet native Spanish-speaking students and learn about the cultures and experiences of their home countries, including Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. Students from both schools interviewed each other in English and Spanish in a reciprocal effort to apply language skills while sharing stories and perspectives.
World Languages Department Chair and Upper School Spanish Teacher Patrick Huewe said, “It was a meaningful opportunity for students to gain global and intercultural understanding, examine their perspectives of the immigrant community, communicate in Spanish with native speakers, and sample some amazing food!” Before spring break, MICDS students were able to return the hosting favor when the IWC students joined them for class and lunch. Students engaged in a guided question-and-answer session in Spanish and English on topics ranging from American history to the job market. Then everyone played board games that emphasized language building in Spanish and English.