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West Virginia Students Travel Around the World as Part of International Education Week

November 14, 2003

Charleston, W.Va. – West Virginia students are taking a trip to far away countries thanks to several West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) employees. WVDE staff members are joining local schools in their International Education Week activities.  

On Friday, November 14th, Amelia Courts will participate in International Education activities at Scott Teays Elementary in Putnam County from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. During this celebration, students will learn about Japanese culture and the education system, origami, and sing a song in Japanese.  

On Monday, November 17th, Fernando Ibanez will visit West Teays Elementary School in Putnam County where he will read in Spanish to third graders.  

On Tuesday, November 18th, Debbie Harki will visit Piedmont Elementary School in Kanawha County where she will read in Spanish to students in K-2 grades.  

On Wednesday, November 19th, Debbie Brown will visit Clay Elementary School in Clay County where the school will host special readings of children’s literature in French.  

Keith Butcher will be extending International Education Week into December when he will visit a local classroom and read in Dutch.  

International Education Week runs from November 17- 21, 2003. For more information, please contact the various schools directly or Amelia Courts at aadavis@access.k12.wv.us or Debbie Harki at dharki@access.k12.wv.us .  

The West Virginia Department of Education encourages all schools to provide a brief summary of their commemoration activities using the on-line form at the WVDE website http://wvconnections.k12.wv.us/internationalweek.html. The first twenty schools to submit an on-line summary of activities will receive a complimentary software program useful in international education.

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