Keio University

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Middle School 322

East Meets West

On Monday November 3rd, 2014, Middle School 322’s Global Partners Junior program hosted a group of visitors from Keio University in Tokyo, Japan. The group of visitors came to present information about their Japanese culture, and in turn learns more about the culture of our school and our program. Our visitors started off by giving a wonderful presentation about where they came from and what they were doing visiting our school. The presenter’s talked about what their goals were in visiting the school and learning more about our program. After they gave the presentation the presenters, along with the students worked on creating origami. MS 322 students also had the opportunity to taste Japanese chocolate treats.  The students were excited to learn how to make origami. After the students finished working with the visitors to create origami, the visitors stayed to watch a session of the Global Partner’s Junior. The students worked on creating flyers to spread environmental awareness.

After viewing a video from Japan produced by our visitors, our students were asked to speak on video about their schooling in the United States which will be shown in reciprocity to students in Japan who our visitors work with.  Our students spoke clearly and from the heart about their education at Middle School 322.

Global Partners Junior is the global awareness program which was founded and conceived by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.  The program mission is to connect New York City youth to their peers around the world on the internet. Students communicate online using an original curriculum that guides their conversations and activities throughout the school year. Located in the Mayor’s Office for International Affairs, NYC Global Partners is a not-for-profit organization.  Schools across the globe have connected with students across the five New York City Boroughs.