The Merrick Avenue Middle School World Language Department welcomed students to the program and to the school community with a special project that combined cultural and civil awareness.
Students in each language; French, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish, created a poster that depicted ways the target language culture is observed and experienced in everyday life.
This included famous people, food and products that students use in their daily lives. Using the posters as inspiration, each class then collected food and other items for the district’s food pantry, the Community Cupboard.
Students from the M.O.R.E. and P.R.E.P. special education programs assisted in the efforts by sorting the items for packaging and delivery.
“This was a great way for students to connect content to real life and to contribute to a community initiative,” explained Rosa Kaplan, a chairperson in the World Languages department.