The Lower School Hallway buzzed with excitement as students lined up outside different classrooms.
The first and second-graders were eagerly waiting for their turn to have their hand-made passport stamped by the teachers at each door so they could explore the country being represented inside the classroom.
The students were participating in the yearly tradition of Holidays Around the World, in which first and second-graders learn about different national and international cultures.
"Each first and second-grade classroom chooses a country, researches and shares rotations as students "fly" around the world with their passports, airplane tickets, and suitcases," first-grade teacher Tabatha Whittaker said. "This fits perfectly with our PYP unit, How We Express Ourselves, as we explore cultures around the world."
This year, the students ventured to Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Switzerland, where they had the opportunity to taste cultural treats, make crafts and listen to cultural music.