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Expanding Horizons: St. Philip's New Program Fosters Appreciation for Diversity

This school year, St. Philip Lutheran School embarked on a unique and exciting journey – a year-long celebration of cultures from around the world!

This innovative program, led by the visionary Mrs. Schau, takes advantage of St. Philip's small class sizes. These smaller groups allow for more flexibility in crafting enriching learning experiences. This year, that experience was a global adventure for our students!

Thanks to a generous grant from the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation, Mrs. Schau's dream became a reality. Throughout the year, students embarked on exciting field trips to cultural hotspots across Chicago.

Here are some of the amazing experiences our students had:

  • Explored the rich heritage of Puerto Rico at the Puerto Rican Museum of Arts and Culture.

  • Traveled back in time and learned about Swedish traditions at the Swedish American Museum.

  • Delved into the history of African Americans at the renowned DuSable Black History Museum and Education Center.

  • Witnessed the awe-inspiring agility of Chinese performers at a live Chinese Acrobat show.

  • Discovered the beauty and traditions of Ukraine at the Ukrainian National Museum.

A Feast for the Senses (and the Stomach!)

When field trips weren't possible, St. Philip brought the world to its doorstep! Students enjoyed authentic cultural cuisine throughout the year. Imagine tantalizing German schnitzel, sizzling Mexican fajitas, and delectable Greek spanakopita – all enjoyed right in the comfort of the school!

More Than Textbooks

The Celebration of Cultures program goes beyond simply learning about different countries. It's about fostering global citizens in our students. By experiencing diverse traditions, foods, and art forms, children develop:

  • Appreciation for Diversity: They learn to embrace the beauty and differences of cultures around the world.

  • Broadened Perspective: They gain a wider understanding of the world and how different cultures interact.

  • Critical Thinking Skills: They are encouraged to question and analyze their own cultural experiences.

  • Openness to New Ideas: Exposure to different cultures fosters curiosity and a willingness to learn and grow.

Join the Celebration!

This year-long adventure culminates in a cultural celebration for families and friends on May 17th! We hope to see you there!

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