Saturday, March 26, 2016

What did Cyclones do to advocate celebrating National Foreign Language Week with service-learning connections?

Alpha Mu Gamma

1. Raise Awareness that such a week exists.

Alpha Mu Gamma is the Official Sponsor of National Foreign Language Week

National Foreign Language Week was inaugurated in the Spring of 1957 by Alpha Mu Gamma. Sister Eloise Therese, the National President of Alpha Mu Gamma from 1956 to 1960, discovered that such a week had never been officially celebrated in the United States as a whole, although foreign language had receive recognition by different educational institutions at various periods of the academic year. 

Inspired by her the National Council of Alpha Mu Gamma began to formulate plans to make the United States aware of the need for and importance of foreign language study through the celebration of NFLW. The first celebration was set for the week of February 17 to 23, 1957. Each year since then the National Executive Council of AMG has set a week for this event. In recent years it has become the practice to have NFLW during the first full week of March.
On December 12, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent a telegram endorsing the celebration, and each succeeding president has added his support. An even greater contribution to the success of NFLW was made by the posters of the late Bruce Russell, who received not only the Pulitzer Prize but also recognition from President Eisenhower for his efforts toward greater world understanding through his timely cartoons. He offered the Society a cartoon each year until his death in 1963, and even left one finished drawing and an unfinished sketch that were used in 1964 and 1966 respectively. These posters have been distributed each year throughout the United States and are available for sale to interested bodies.
The chapters of Alpha Mu Gamma, now spread through over forty states, took the initiative in organizing activities during the Week with the purpose of making the American student aware of the vital necessity for foreign language study. Typical projects were newspaper articles, radio and television programs, foreign language films, festivals of foreign music and plays, the singing of foreign songs and lectures open to the public. Soon other universities, colleges and schools were also celebrating NFLW.
Every year a NFLW poster with a new theme is printed. It is distributed free to all AMG chapters and is available for sale to the public. Normally the posters size is 24"x19", and are printed in two versions - one with the official date for the Week and one without. The cost, at present, per poster is $6 and shipping & handling is $6 (for 1-5 posters). Shipping is free for orders of 25 posters and above. They are mailed out in solid mailing tube by US Priority Mail.
The Official Theme for the year 2016 is:
 "Languages Enrich Your Mind"
NFLW official week in 2016 was  March 7 – 13, 2016

2. Promote some easy, collaborative activities and service experiences that advocate multiculturalism and languages

March 21-27 (Easter)
Celebrating Foreign Language Week
@ Harper, Miller, 
Super Cao Nguyen, 

Pambe Ghana Global Market

Monday, March 21-Thursday March 24: Miller's Global Market: displayed  items provided by the Spanish I Class, Mrs. Jew:  Year of the Monkey displays, Mrs. Clay: Clothing from China and Peru, candies from Super Cao for service experience, Mrs. Lopez: flags and articles from Peru and other Spanish speaking countries, Mrs. Lynn: flags and Paris scarf , Miss Kruse: Miller's French display and Mrs. Pardue clothing from Africa.

Special GRACIAS to Mr. Dema and Mrs. Pardue for display containers and mannequin
Special ARIGATO to Mrs. Lisa Bek-ran for greeting her US government class students in German the whole week.

Mr. Pena and Dr. Torres connected Spanish II, III and IV classes to the historical visit after 86 years of a US President to Cuba

President Obama talking to young Argentinian Leaders

Miss Infantino connected her Spanish I and V classes to a fun video of Spanish sounds animals make

Tuesday, March 22 - Thursday, March 24: Participate in the Students Rebuild Healing Classroom Challenge. Make pinwheels for Syrian Refugees

 During Activities, 5th Period (students not in art, music or choir), and double when teachers  did not take the double, Cyclones made pinwheels, and received a piece of international candy from SUPER CAO NGUYEN, listened to music from around the world, got service hours and helped provide funds from the Bezos Foundation to the International Rescue Team, on the ground organization directly helping Syrian refugee youth and children, recover, grow and develop. 

The YAC freshman "Hands on Peace Team" made over 300 pinwheels which they mailed on International Women's Day.  During Foreign Language Week, the quantity of pinwheels made appears to be similar in number.  They are making pinwheels which will be decorated during the STUCO Walk-A-Thon on March 31, 2016.  The Hands on Peace Freshman Team will mail the third set of pinwheels to the Bezos Foundation then.  The first set of 200+ pinwheels made by YAC, Mrs. Clay's Spanish I Class, MD International Club, and YLOKC members at meetings and PC West French class were sent in September after Peace Week- 11 Days of Global Unity (9/11-9/21) ended by YAC officers Johnny L. and donor of supplies for the pinwheels Isabel S..

Clouds Over Syria:  A story of a Syrian refugee narrated by a child

Our prayers for the people of Brussels and the many who perished from Brussels and many different countries.  
Our deep condolences to their families and friends

Unexpected Connections to Foreign Language Week
Wednesday, March 22
Chapel Alternative Spring Break in France Presentation
Miss Kruse and three French students, Catherine D., Kat R. and ____spoke at Chapel about their Spring Break Trip to France.  PP here

Thursday, March 23
Women's Choir sings songs with Latin connections
Lluvia and a composition with connections to Ecuador
 Leadership Oklahoma City Presentation on Hispanics, the under utilized resource at Saint Luke's Methodist Church.  Mr. Hallper received a statistical report of What the numbers tell from the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.

Friday, March 25
No Classes: Good Friday   
10:30 am-12:30 Have an international shopping experience 
@ Super Cao Nguyen

Mrs. Clay visited the premiere international market in Oklahoma City: Super Cao Nguyen owned by Mrs. Clay's former Spanish Class students Ba and Hai Loung .  




The Hispanic Display- Goya is a premiere brand of Latin food ingredients

Are this tortillas?  No... What are they?

How many types of noodles and from how many countries

Ramen Noodles from around the World- 16 different nations

Sauces from around the world

Do you need ingredients for Spanish Dishes?  Super Cao has them

Drinks from around the World?  Where is the Inca Cola?  It will arrive next week!

Candy from around the world

After lunch at Gia Gia, Vietnamese restaurant recommended by freshman Kaili N., Mrs. Clay went to Boys and Girls Club to set-up the Global Youth Service Day on April 15 and to invite the art teacher and her students to attend the Casady Evening of the Arts, which this year also takes place during National Volunteer Week on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Boys and Girls Club is a Kids Cafe of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

In addition to being an after school program, B&GC hosts counseling sessions during the day
for teens from different high schools

Art Pieces made with corks donated from Casady Adult Events @ B&GC art classes

Good Friday around the world

March 26: 
Volunteer and/or attend Pambe Ghana Industry Flea Market, 9:30-11:00.  399 NW 10th (corner of 10th and Hudson). 

PAMBE Ghana’s Global Market is a seasonal fair trade shop. The Market is staffed entirely by volunteers and sells products from around the world, purchased directly from artisans or from certified members of the Fair Trade Federation. Fair trade principles include a guarantee that artisans are paid a fair price in the local context when the products leave their hands. They also receive assistance with quality control, design, and improved working conditions (see for more information about fair trade).

Products at the Market come from Guatemala, Haiti, Peru, Ghana, Burkina Faso, India, Indonesia, and many other parts of the world. Information about the artisans is available for most items. All proceeds from Global Market sales benefit PAMBE Ghana and the La’Angum Learning Center in northern Ghana. Thus, purchases from the Global Market give triple benefit: by pleasing the recipient, supporting the artist who made it, and benefiting PAMBE Ghana, a mother-tongue language training center in Ghana.
The Industry Market, opens several times per year.  It was a nice experience to end Foreign Language Week.  Mrs. Clay and Mrs. O'Melia went to 399 NW 10th Street, corner of 10th and Hudson.  The market, made of tents hosts local artist and entrepreneurs.  Many of the entrepreneurs give a percentage of their sales to a non profit like Special Care.  This flea market was a reminder of informal markets around the world 

Sunday March 27 
Easter, Pascua
around the world

Easter Celebrations 

Around the World in Pictures

Felices Pascuas desde Barcelona, Spain