Engaged Educational Experiences

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Bayport-Blue Point students shared a love of foreign language during a recent celebration at Sylvan Avenue Elementary School.

The fifth-grade students in Sally Miller's class and Bayport-High School seniors in Kerri McGuire's classes participated in the district's second Cultural Brunch and Book Exchange funded by the SEED Foundation. The high school's Spanish students traveled to Sylvan Avenue Elementary School to meet face-to-face with the fifth-graders for whom they had each written a personalized book in Spanish. After meeting and reading their books, the seniors conducted mini-lessons with the elementary students on how to order the empanadas, tropical juices and fruits that would be served for the cultural brunch. Many students loved having the chance to sample food from Spanish-speaking countries that they had never tried before.

The day's events culminated in music and enthusiastic game of BRAVO (aka bingo). The fifth-grade students used their knowledge of what they've learned this year in order to play. Seniors Mike Mercer and Kerrigan Miller were the energetic and charismatic callers of the game, keeping everyone engaged from one round to the next.