The globetrotting experience was part of Alum Creek’s Epcot Day, an annual tradition that allows students to “travel the world” by visiting stations throughout the school representing different countries. In each “country” students receive a stamp on their Epcot Day passport, learn about the country’s culture from parent volunteers who have lived abroad, and make a craft item unique to that country. To help immerse the students in their travels, teachers and students are encouraged to wear ethnic clothing and ethnic foods are served during lunch.
Students “visited” China, Cameroon, Romania, Netherlands, Guatemala, Poland, Yemen, Colombia and Scotland. The activity reinforces several benchmarks in the elementary social studies curriculum, including understanding the practices and products of diverse cultures.
Now in its fifth year, Alum Creek’s Epcot Day is the brainchild of Tanya Angel, a volunteer parent who started the event while her children were attending ACES. The goal was to educate children on the world’s various cultures and differences, while also pointing out their many similarities, Angel said.