Students in Tom Verni's Spanish 5 class recently wrapped up a virtual, international Sacred Heart network co-learning experience with Sacred Heart Mater Institute, a bilingual Sacred Heart Immersion School in Mexico.
The Stuart students researched and created slideshows on various Indigenous peoples of Central America, such as the Aztec, Mayan and Zapotec peoples. Each of their slides incorporated new phrases/sentences they had learned in Spanish. The students at Sacred Heart Mater Institute created presentations on some of the Indigenous peoples of North America. As part of the project, students contemplated essential questions, such as "What is something we can do in our daily lives to demonstrate our respect and appreciation for the contribution of native/indigenous peoples in our area of the World?" Some of their responses included: donating to organizations which support awareness of Indigenous cultures, supporting and fostering appreciation for Indigenous art, and understanding the history and contributions these civilizations have made to the world.
The wonderful moment between Sacred Heart schools was truly uplifting, and deeply underscored Sacred Heart goals 2 and 4, a deep respect for intellectual values and the building of community as a Christian value.