Lake Shore Public Schools was proud to hold the 6th annual cultural summit at Taylor International School and Dormitory. The Lake Shore International Student Summit was attended by over 140 students from Lake Shore High School, Violet Elementary, China, Germany and Italy. Students had the opportunity to discuss the similarity and differences in their daily activities, schooling, and culture. They also did activities that included painting rocks for the International Rock Garden that will be started at the high school.
United States Congressman Sandy Levin and Michigan State Representative Anthony Forlini stopped by the summit to speak to the students. Both Congressman Levin and Representative Forlini expressed how impressed they were with the summit. They both stated that it was a great opportunity for the students to be in the same room with peers from around the world.
Students participated in different activities that ranged from learning how to greet one another in each language to teaching a dance that is popular in their country. Students had access to a computer at every table to share popular music or show photos of their national celebrities. Teachers were around to help facilitate or translate for students, but mostly the day was about giving the students an opportunity to talk and learn about one another.
The summit took place while twenty German and twenty-five Italian students were here for a two-week cultural experience. Lake Shore students host the international students giving them a very rewarding experience with an opportunity to expand their family into another culture. Assistant Superintendent Donald Kling says, “Hosting an international student can provide an opportunity to look through the eyes of those who grew up in a different country, speak a different language, and have different habits and expectations.”
Lake Shore students that host an international student have the opportunity to visit their international host student for two weeks. The next trips are scheduled for the spring of 2016. One group will be visiting Germany, and the other will be traveling to Italy. Living with host families gives the students a true understanding of the culture differences between St. Clair Shores and the world. Mr. Kling says, “The partnerships Lake Shore has with schools in Germany, Italy, Spain and China gives our students the opportunity to build global friendships with students in other countries that will last a lifetime.”
Ambassadors from Violet Elementary
Fifteen fifth graders from Violet Elementary walked to Taylor International School and Dormitory to attend the International Student Summit. One student was placed at each table along with a German, Italian, and Lake Shore high school students. The elementary students did a great job interacting with their high school counterparts. The ambassadors: Enna Pappadima, Aeryn Lange, Ellie Shadwick, Adeline Russell, Paige Dandridge, Danielle Pryor, Jaidyn Davis, Faith Lowry, Madeline Fremont, Connor Mudd, Brooke Camacho, Lindsay Jacob, Anna Whittle, Madison Carlisle, and Erica Brooks. Great job Violet All-Stars! You represented your school well.