Hiram College hosted 131 sixth graders from James A. Garfield Intermediate School in Garrettsville for the annual World Fair on March 27, 2015. The sixth graders enjoyed a day of culture and education as Hiram international students and education majors exposed them to different aspects of countries around the world, including art, music, food, the environment and more.
This is the ninth year Hiram has hosted the World Fair, and it provides sixth grade students both an exposure to culture and diversity, but also college in general.
“This is the first experience some of the students have had seeing a college campus,” said Kathleen Maretka, director of student teaching and field experience in the Education Department. “After this event, many students talk about Hiram and begin thinking about college. Also, many of these sixth graders have never traveled outside the U.S. This experience opens their eyes to other countries around the world and cultural diversity.”
Hiram students presented educational stations on the following countries:
- Jamaica – Rickeisha Henry ’17
- Haiti – Peterson Occilien ’18
- Cameroon – Irene Ngo Bissee ’17
- Mauritania – Fatimetou Mohamede
- Venezuela – Karen Perez
- Kenya – Donald Bitange ’17
- China – Ge Mao ’15
- Pakistan – Hamza Raja ’18
- Ecuador/Galapagos Island – Brittany Baeder ’16 and Chelsey Carpenter ’15
- El Salvador – Wendy Cabrera ’17
- Saudi Arabia – Nasser Al Abbas ’18
Hiram students also treated the sixth graders to cultural performances, including the Japanese flute, Burmese, African and Brazilian dances, African drums and an Arabic song.
Photos by Kasey Samuel Adams.
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