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My name is Micheline. I coordinated Friends and Flags as a schoolwide project in Doncrest Public School in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

The Friends and Flags project incorporated many of the components of our Social Studies and Language and Arts Curriculum. I arranged for each of the teachers in the school to take part in the production of packages. Each of the grades from 1st to 7th at Doncrest P.S. worked on a section of the cultural package that best supported their particular curriculum expectation. Sections included subjects such as, Our School, Our Community, Holidays and Celebrations, Country Identification, Canadian Weather, Cost of Living, Tourism, Foods, Current Events and Canada’s Trading Partners. In this way we were able to work collaboratively to create a rich package about different aspects of Canada and Canadian life . The project implementation was presented to our Schoolboard and received positive feedback!

The end of the year of hard work was celebrated with a cultural exhibition. This was very exciting as it was reported on local television and radio. You can watch a realpayer movie of our event http://www.friendsandflags.org/doncrest.rm

Micheline, Canada


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My name is Karen. I started Friends and Flags as a project in my 9th grade class in Katzir School in Israel. I then added grades 6-9 in the production of packages. We had presentations of the packages before sending them and then at the end of the year we had a huge exhibition for the whole school grades 1-9, parents and members of the community. It was a great year. Ever since I have been coordinating Friends and Flags on a global level and I love it.

Karen Eini Friends and Flags PRoject Coordinator http://www.friendsandflags.org


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My name is Marsha Goren. I teach at Ein Ganim Elementary School in Petach Tikva, Israel.I implemented the friends and flags project with my 5th and 6th grade gifted classes. The children and I added new dimensions to the project by enlisting parents to correspond on the forum and in emails. The award winning friends and flags project has given my pupils and I great satisfation. We have made many wonderful friends and learned how global learning can enrich and make us all better people. The children also improved their English tremendously thanks to the many messages they left on the Friends and flags forum. We started by introductory letters and we made our own movie which we sent to all of the schools we corresponded with. I also decorated our English room with the flags and souvenirs that we received from Canada, the USA, Denmark and Mexico. We were part of a dynamic group and Karen was always there to guide me and answer all of my questions.

Being inspired by Karen and friends and flags we built our own "Rock and Roll" web site and linked on to friends and flags site and to other web sites at schools from Canada. I decided to have a cultural evening which would include a presentation by Karen Eini and a rock and roll show by the children. We prepared a huge exhibition. The children prepared friends and flags scrapbooks from the calendar activities that Karen offers on the site. We also displayed the materials from our packages. The children prepared recipes from the different countries that they had studied about all year. The highlight of the evening was Karen's presentation. The teachers, children and their parents were truly impressed by the wonderful and exciting evening!

After our successful evening, I decided to build a new web site. "Dream a Dream With Ein Ganim". I asked the fifth grade children to interview the sixth grade childen and made a friendship questionnaire. After receiving the results, the children made class posters and compared their answers. What was so unique was that they made new friends within the different classes. As one child putit,"If we have so many new friends from abroad, then why not in school?" I could not have said it better myself. In conclusion, I am honored to be a part of friends and flags. Karen's dedication to global education has recently given her theprestigious global school house award. I am thrilled to have joined Karen in the expansion of friends and flags through my dream site. It is my hope and belief that teachers like all of us can help to make a change in the world and then it will all be worth it. I wish all of the educators a wonderful year with the friends and flags project.


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I am a teacher librarian at an elementary school of about 375 students from Kindergarten to grade 7 in Langley, B.C., Canada. I first joined Friends & Flags 2 years ago and worked closely with a grade 5 teacher and her class of about 25 10 year olds. We work in a group of 6 countries including ourselves. She divided her class into 5 groups & had each group create like packages for each of the countries in our group. Gathering information about Canada supported their Social Studies curriculum and they spent much class time & library time gathering information for their packages. I took care of all of the email and worked with some students to get a Friends & Flags web page together. We posted some student writing about Canadian holidays and found great web sites about a wide range of Canadian topics we thought our Friends from around the world might find interesting. I update the homepage each season by listing Canadian holidays and school dates.In our second year of Friends & Flags we added a link to a page that listed our partners and any links to their school web sites. This gave our students a chance to access information easily from their home computers as well and share with their families. The students are always thrilled when they receive the packages in the Spring but getting messages in the web site Guest Book is a quick & easy way to feel a connection to the students in the other groups. Sharing short bits of specific information through email is also a great way to keep student's interest high through the Fall as they prepare their projects. This year we are starting off by asking our students what they already know about each of the countries in our group and passing that information on to each country as soon as we can in September. This will act as a great assessment tool as we see what they know after going through each package. This is my third year with the Friends & Flags project. It is a super project thanks to Karen's vision and hard work. Your students will get so much from this tremendous experience. Sincerely, Deb http://www.geocities.com/dcowland/friendsandflags.html


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My name is Patricia. Teaching English to children and teenagers has become a lot more involving since we joined Karenīs fabulous Friends and Flags project. This is our third year participating and itīs amazing to see the enthusiasm at school, new crafts are brought everyday to school to improve our section 12, our town will be video taped and also some students homes so our far away partners may have a real idea of their pals daily life. Most of the participating classes (6 this year) take home assignments, we brain storm what they want to write about in each section, devide the sections and itīs wonderful to see how much those dedicated students have been improving and becoming more independent writers. Iīve been experience the fact of seeing students learning English for 6 months writing about our holidays in English!! Everything becomes easier when we do something with love and my students really love Friends and Flags! Our website is basically ready, adjustments need to be done, but we do intend to have it online pretty soon so youīll all be able to see a little more of our work! I never get tired of Thanking my dear friend Karen for this wonderful opportunity!! Patty - English For Ever School - Brazil


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My name is Wendy. I work in a small rural school on Salt Spring Island, in the Gulf of Georgia in B.C. Canada. This is the second time that I have participated in Friends and Flags, the first time being in its first year in 1999. Karen and I met and she visited my classroom that year when she was in Vancouver presenting at a conference. One of my main reasons for being part of this project again is to force me and my students to "think big" and make real connections to the world around, especially to people and places we can't actually see everyday. I find that we so often get bogged down in the tiny details of who can read or do math up to standard, we forget what is really important in life. Our little island world is relatively "un"multicultural and we have few people of non-European descent in our community,beyond 50 or so Asian high school students from our international program. Most of the families in my school have pretty comfortable lives in the worldwide scheme of things. So, this project does alot to widen our world. I find that Friends and Flags is also an excellent way to work parents in to the classroom. Having extra adults to work with small groups of students in preparing different parts of the packages is a real treat. (In fact, it's essential for me!) So my students will also benefit from working in small groups in this project. Some students have also offered to do parts of the package at home as "extra" homework, which is something new I'm trying this year. I wish everyone all the best in their circles and triangles and squares and we look forward to making new connections this year!


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Hi my name is Mariya Younus and, I think Friends and, Flags is wonderful. It helps us learn more about different countries. Thank you... Richmond Hill, Canada.From Doncrest P.S


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Hi my name is Mariya Younus and, I think Friends and, Flags is wonderful. It helps us learn more about different countries. Thank you... Richmond Hill, Canada.From Doncrest P.S


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In my opinion I really think that friends and flags is great for everyone! It helps students, parents, and teachers learn more about different people from different places around the world. I myself have experienced that everyone around the whole world are very close to us then we think, and some people who are very far,even though we don't know it but we're all the same (You wull definitley feel this in your heart when you start talking to different friends from different flags). I also learned that every single person on this planet is unique in their own especial way. I have made new friends friends from many different places, thanks to "FRIENDS AND FLAGS." I have, and I still will, recommend this programme to my friends, and family, and I hope you do the same. Take care! - Mariya Younus Canada.Ont, Richmond Hill-Doncrest P.S


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My name is John Wu, an educator,working in Teaching and Research Section. Shaoguan Municipal Education Bureau, I got to know an Israeli teacher Marsha from Friends and Flags.I like to help our local school classes participate in the cultural exchange program.My experience in the past: http://groups.msn.com/JohnWuChina/penpalprogramreport.msnw

Now my new developed program on: http://groups.msn.com/JohnWuChina/_homepage.msnw?pgmarket=en-us

amigowu@163.net


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