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Students at ACES experience world cultures from LWC students

At LWC, Special International Education Week events will be held from 3:30pm-5pmCT on Nov. 16-17, and 19-20 in Norma & Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship, 402 Helen Flatt Drive. are free and open to the public.
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By Duane Bonifer, LWC Director of Public Relations

COLUMBIA, KY - Third- through fifth-grade students at Adair County Elementary School learned Thursday, November 12, 2015, about how Christmas is celebrated in Northern Ireland, Swiss folk wrestling and how to do origami.

The topics were part of a daylong visit by 14 international Lindsey Wilson College students, who shared their cultures and customs with the ACES students. The students were from Japan, Northern Ireland, South Korea, Sweden and Switzerland.


"They talked about their countries, their foods, their traditions compared to what's in America," said LWC Director of International Student Programs Sabine M. Eastham. "This is a great chance to learn about different countries and learn about those countries from people who have lived there. Maybe it will instill a wish in them to see the world.

" This year LWC has a record 119 international students from 44 countries enrolled at the college's A.P. White Campus.

"It's one of the beauties of Lindsey Wilson because it adds diversity to the campus, and an appreciation of different cultures on both sides," Eastham said "It brings out the best everybody."

The initial idea was to have LWC international students visit ACES once a year, but Eastham said that Thursday's daylong event was such a success that school officials decided to hold it again next spring.

"We hope that by the time a child completes Adair County Elementary School they will be exposed to at least six different cultures," she said.

Thursday's visit to ACES preceded the annual celebration of International Education Week at LWC. A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, International Education Week aims to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and encourages college students from abroad and the United States to study, learn and have exchange experiences in other countries.

At LWC, a special event will be held from 3:30pm-5pmCT on Nov. 16-17, and 19-20 in Norma & Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship, 402 Helen Flatt Drive. The LWC International Education Week events are free and open to the public. "People will be able to sample great foreign food, learn about different traditions and cultures and find out more about countries from around the world," Eastham said.


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Fabienne Rochaix, Switzerland tells ACES class about her country



2015-11-13 - ACES, 870 Indian Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College student Fabienne Rochaix of Stafa, Switzerland, gives an overview of her country Thursday to fifth-graders in Pam Compton's class at Adair County Elementary School.

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ACES students learn about Northern Ireland from Jack Omagh



2015-11-13 - ACES, 870 Indian Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College student Jack Meegan Omagh, Northern Ireland, explains how the holidays are celebrated in his country Thursday to third-graders in Leslie Wade's class at Adair County Elementary School. - DUANE BONIFER

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Yuu Iwashita, Tokyo, gives instructions to ACES Fifth Graders



2015-11-13 - ACES, 870 Indian Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College student Yuu Iwashita of Tokyo gives origami instructions Thursday to Adair County Elementary School fifth-graders, from left, Cody Studer, Tevin Harvey, Issiah Torres and Brett Larimore. - DUANE BONIFER, LWC

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Ami Kumazawa, Kanagawa, Japan instructs ACES 5th Graders



2015-11-13 - ACES, 870 Indian Drive, Columbia, KY - Photo by Duane Bonifer, Lindsey Wilson College.
Lindsey Wilson College student Ami Kumazawa of Kanagawa, Japan, gives origami instructions Thursday to Adair County Elementary School fifth-graders in Amanda Webster's class.

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