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Culture and Career Day at Wingate Elementary

Dr. Jim Hastings, a professor at Wingate University, discusses the culture of Cambodia with kindergartners.

On Friday, March 2nd, Wingate Elementary hosted its second annual Career and Culture Day. Presenters were greeted in the media center by breakfast and a welcome message from Dr. Henderson, principal of Wingate. Wingate students then escorted presenters to classrooms to begin their presentations.

Students in kindergarten through second grade learned about different cultures from speakers of many countries. Students in third through fifth learned about a variety of careers from the many speakers that visited Wingate.

Culture presenters shared the unique customs of their country through personal photos, stories, music, and dance. Students were able to discuss the new information they had learned, as well as see how each country was similar and different from the United States. Culture presenters included: Iryna Covarrubias, Tim Kniffler, Sherryann Sylvestre, Dr. Jim Hastings, Moya Saltzgaber, Gustavo Arevelo, Felipe Da Paz, Paul Gallagher, Claudia Gomez, Junior Nyemb, Virginia Gutierrez, Magdalena Krajewska, Dr. Abannik Hino, Brad Holley, Lucia Carega, Stella Baucom, Dr. Ann Moncayo and Paul Grammaticopoulos.

Career presenters provided students with an insight to their professions. Each presenter emphasized the importance of education, as well as what the daily demands of their career entailed. Students were given the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each presentation. Career presenters included: Candice Sturdivant, Brian Stephenson, Jason Baker, Dr. Lynn Hernandez, Myron Williams, Jason Easter, Michelle Morris, Brenda Reid, Ethridge Hayden, Dr. Marsha Severt, Bryan Gilliard, Crystal Crump, John Lowery, Jay Hargett, Hon. Steve Higdon, Barbara Nelson, Chad Whitley, and Lt. Jeff Outen

Wingate is grateful for the time each community member volunteered. The students were able to take away knowledge that will be forever remembered.

Written by: Melissa Ottaway
Posted: Mar 29, 2012 by Eric Doan

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