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March 4, 2002 – The St. Thomas-St. John public school system will join the nation in celebrating Foreign Language Week – this week and all through the month of March.
Some events have already taken place following the theme "Make New Friends! Open New Worlds! Celebrate Foreign Language!" Many more events are planned, according to an Education Department release. High schools, junior highs, elementary schools; assemblies, shows, class study; dance, arts, foods, alternative medicine – all that variety of activities and subjects will highlight Spanish, French, Chinese, Korean, African, German, patois cultures.
"Each school planned their own events," said Sylvia Campbell, language arts coordinator for the district, "and my office provided the materials."
The honor society ceremonies at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, March 8, and at Charlotte Amalie High School, March 14, are open to parents wishing to attend.
The culmination of the month's celebration – for one group of students, at least – is probably the trip to Puerto Rico by members of the Kean High School La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica, set for March 28.
So far events have been held at CAHS, Kean High School, several elementary schools, and Addelita Cancryn Junior High School.
Upcoming events:
Tuesday, March 5
Kean High School students will work with computers in the lab, celebrating Technology Day. Father Jerome Feudijio from Cameroon will present on African culture, French and Bamileke.
Lockhart Elementary will display Spanish booklets in the library.
Cancryn Junior High Spanish classes will enjoy games and contests. French classes will showcase French foods and will study the Caribbean islands where patois is spoken.
A number of elementary schools will view videos and learn songs.
Wednesday, March 6
Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School students will host a display of Spanish expressions they have painted on T-shirts.
Kean High School students will host sports and games in the Francophone and Hispanic worlds. Students in the Spanish Honor Society will wear their uniforms, and Ms. Foreign Language contestants will dress up. French students and teachers will wear red, white and blue. Dr. May Trieu will present on Chinese alternative medicine in the library.
CAHS will host classes from Addelita Cancryn Junior High and Lockhart Elementary at their Spanish poetry recitation and interpretation content in the auditorium.
Thursday, March 6
Kean High School student posters will be presented for Art Day.
CAHS will hold a Food Fair with Hispanic foods and French desserts.
Ulla Muller and Jane E. Tuitt Elementary School students will view videos and learn songs.
Friday, March 8
French assembly at CAHS.
Cancryn Junior High students will watch the video "Selena" in Spanish.
Kean High School will hold a Music and Dance Day. Dr. Hae Y. Pak will present on Korean culture. The chapter of La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica will initiate 28 Spanish students, with a reception to follow the ceremony.
Saturday, March 9
Kean High School students will hold a parent-sponsored Walk-A-Thon from McDonald's to Brewers Beach from 7 to 10 a.m.
Thursday, March 14
CAHS will induct new members into their chapter of La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica.
Tuesday, March 19
Kean High School art department will announce winners of the school's Foreign Language Week art contest.
Friday, March 22
A Ms. Foreign Languages Variety Show will be held at CAHS.
Wednesday, March 27
A Ms. Foreign Languages Variety Show will be held at Kean High School.
Thursday, March 28
Members of the Kean High School La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica will take a field trip to Puerto Rico.

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