LMU Education Majors Celebrate Christmas Around the World with Local School Children
Harrogate, Tennessee, Dec. 10, 2018—‘Twas the week before finals and students from the Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) Carter and Moyers School of Education donned their gay apparel, trimmed trees and decked the halls of the Business Education building of LMU’s main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. Thirty-eight students took nearly 100 school kids around the world to illustrate how Christmas is celebrated in countries including Australia, Cuba, England, France, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, Norway and Poland.
The annual Festival of Trees event is the end-of-semester project for a number of education classes in the teacher preparation program. Developed as a cultural literacy project, the event promotes literacy, diversity, creativity and collaboration. The LMU students were split into presenting groups. Each group adopted a country, learned about its customs and decorated a room according to those customs. They also selected a book to use at the center of their lesson plan. Dr. Chessica Cave, assistant professor of education, has organized the event for the past five years.
“The LMU Carter and Moyers School of Education upholds diversity as a major goal for education and community outreach,” Cave said. “Literacy and diverse populations are significant topics for the areas of professional development in theory and practice. Understanding teacher candidates’ perception of ability in applying content, literacy strategies and pedagogy through this one-day event is important.”
Cave has forged strong partnerships with local schools including Ellen Myers Primary, Forge Ridge Elementary, Middlesboro Elementary and the Tri-State Christian Academy. The first snow fall of the season kept Middlesboro Elementary from participating; however, the fourth and fifth grades from the J. Frank White Academy filled the spots.
Once on site, the school children were split into groups and spent time visiting each country and participating in the lessons. At the end of the day the whole group gathered for songs and skits followed by a visit from Santa Claus. Each child left with a new story book and a gift bag with treats.
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