Congratulations to Revae Bostwick and Brian Smith for receiving HIC Community Grants. Both educators have proposed projects to increase cultural understanding among our students. The goals of the Hickory International Council (HIC) are to improve cultural understanding and increase awareness of the interconnectedness of the varied societies in the world. Each year, the HIC provides opportunities for educators to write grants to provide cultural opportunities and experiences for students. This year, both winners of the HIC Community Grant are NCCS educators.
Revae Boswick is the ESL Lead Teacher in Newton-Conover City Schools. Her project will afford NCCS fourth and fifth grade students the opportunity to travel to the Hickory Museum of Art in October 2015 to experience the world through the eyes of those from other cultures. Students will have an opportunity to learn about other cultures and then create their own works of art to understand the daily lives of people similar to and different from themselves. Steve McCurry is the artist whose work will be on exhibit. Click here to check out his work. Students will also connect their learning to social studies and geography as they explore the art exhibit.
Brian Smith, RtI Facilitator and Professional Development Coordinator, will be writing a book about giving back to others, specifically about a local 7 year old who began sending umbrellas to Guatemala (because she was adopted from Guatemala). The book will include the story of Ella and her umbrellas as well as provide facts about Guatemala. Once the book has been published, NCCS students will receive a copy for free. If the book is published, any proceeds from the book will be used to purchase more books for NCCS students and for buying more umbrellas for Ella’s Umbrellas.