International Students Visit Middle Schoolers
Mrs. Jones’ class poses with three international students and their native flags. (photo by Ashley Marsteller)
By Ashley Marsteller
BPC Staff Writer
MOUNT VERNON— Seven BPC international students took part in an educational outreach project with J.R. Trippe Middle School in Vidalia. During the month of March, the students prepared lesson plans about their respective cultures and presented them to sixth, seventh, and eighth grade classes. In addition to sharing their music and customs, the students brought food and drinks from their own countries, taught the kids some soccer moves, and encouraged them to keep attending school and learning skills that will help them to be successful in life.
“I was thrilled to welcome the students to my self-contained special education class,” commented Mrs. Kimberly Jones. “Having the international students visit my classroom and introduce their culture to young people who have never had the opportunity to travel internationally was so meaningful. It was such a joy to watch my students light up and make real connections with people from all over the world. They are still talking about the experience, and I know it made a positive and lasting impression. I hope to continue this type of outreach program for my class in future years. Having such outstanding international students in the area is a great resource for our community that we should all take advantage of!”
Film Professor Gareth Jones provided supplies, and his unwavering support of education and community service proved an inspiration for his students. Participating students were Leonardo and Leandro Pinto, Caleb Becsi, Cameron Fraser, Nathalie Herberger, Melissa Gonzalez, and Beatriz Vargas. Each BPC student reported enjoying the experience.
“What made me want to participate in this project was the wish to share a little bit of my background,” said Leonardo Pinto from Brazil. “I expected the kids to be a little closed-minded, but when I got there they surprised me with a big hug and were waiting to hear what we had to say. For me it was an amazing experience, and I would go back any day, any time they need me. It was a great moment for me and, I believe, for them as well,” he concluded.
The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.