Students had a chance to share their traditions and languages at their school’s annual Language and Cultures Day, encouraging each other to understand the cultural connection to spoken word.

Soft SkillsAt Pawcatuck Middle School, sixth graders walked four minutes to visit countries around the world that speak French and Spanish. “It’s cool,” said Asad Ahmed. “I learned Cuban salsa dance — the first time. We get to go around the world in Stonington.”

Stonington High School students hoped to inspire the middle schoolers to learn a language and view cultural connections. The students in the Spanish and French honor societies held a language and cultures day, creating lessons for countries in the Caribbean, Central America, North America, Africa, and other areas.

“We let them pick what language they would like to learn and what culture they would like to explore,” Stonington High Spanish and French teacher Lea Graner Kennedy said. “It’s important for young students to be inspired to learn language in an authentic way and to start the pipeline in the sixth grade.”

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