JAARS delivers world music lesson to students

Dec. 07, 2012 @ 05:55 PM

Global education is a major part of Weddington Elementary School. 

The second-grade students were visited in October by Sue Schmidt from JAARS to show them musical instruments from different countries. 

"They loved it," Assistant Principal Sheila Levesque said. "We share a lot of global resources with the kids and second grade especially." 

This is the elementary school's second year partnering with JAARS. 

The kids got to play with the instruments, along with drums from across the world that the music teacher has collected. It fit in with the music curriculum, Levesque said. 

"We have been extremely blessed by the amount of cultural awareness and global (awareness) that we can provide for the children," Levesque said. "We're always searching and looking for new avenues to teach the kids about the world around us." 

Weddington Elementary was named an International School for the 2010-2011 school year. Levesque hopes to continue the recognition. 

"We're always looking for things to do, we're always looking for resources," Levesque said. "The kids are always asking about different parts of the world or what they can do to help out." 

JAARS will return to Weddington Elementary on Dec. 19 for their yearly global performance. They will be putting on a fashion show with some parents and staff members, displaying costumes and folk clothing from around the work, Levesque said. The drums from around the world will also be a part of the show. 

The second-grade students have partnered with a school in Guatemala. They are hoping to partner with other international agencies. Charity is a part of these partnerships. The school provided books for their partner school in Guatemala. 

The children will also be participating in the "Pajama Program" during their global performance. Students can wear pajamas to school as long as they bring a pair to donate. 

"They're becoming very globally minded," Levesque said. "We feel it's very important."