Maine Township High School Foundation News
November 2023 Newsletter
In This Issue

  • Foundation Board Spotlight

  • A Taste of World Cultures

  • Giving Tuesday
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A Taste of World Cultures
World Cultures is a class taken by the majority of incoming freshmen in District 207. Students across a wide variety of interests and backgrounds come together to learn and participate in a common “cultural” experience. Five units are studied, including Africa, The Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and Latin America. Social Science’s staff have worked to engage students through sensory experiences and group activities, providing meaningful and exciting ways to engage in the cultural regions they study. 
The Foundation was tapped for support to obtain Harris Loan memberships, enabling teachers to borrow boxes of culturally relevant materials and the ability to design Culture Stations. These stations provide information on a variety of aspects of a region’s culture, such as language, geography, religion, arts, and cuisine. One Maine West student shared that the stations help them learn “about the different ways people celebrate their culture and the importance of their traditions.” The Foundation also supported, quite literally, a “taste” of the cultures being studied through funding to purchase culture-specific snacks. In October students were treated to plantain chips and butter mints during their African unit. According to one of the grant applicants, Natalie Hohman, “These snacks really helped establish a cultural bridge between our students and what they were learning about in Africa.”
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