6 Outstanding Schools Make Strides Towards Global Understanding
We at Academic Year in America (AYA) are excited to announce that we – along with the American Institute For Foreign Study Foundation – have awarded six American high schools with a 2020 Tony Cook Memorial Grant!
Tony Cook Memorial Grants are administered annually by the AIFS Foundation. The grants are awarded to American high schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to cultural exchange by hosting exchange students and developing projects, programs and/or events that teach American youth about cultures around the world.
Congratulations to the following high schools that have each earned a $1,000 Tony Memorial Cook Grant for their ongoing support of international education and cultural exchange:
Swansboro High School, North Carolina
Project: Help exchange students to learn more about the state and region where they are living. They will visit local places of interest and produce a scrapbook of memories, thoughts and pictures of places visited, the will make a video memoire of the experiences that they can all keep and they will present the scrapbook and video to others in school or virtually to share what they have learned to to encourage others to do the same. There will be 3 trips and events attended.
Wabaunsee High School, Kansas
Project: Culture Club will hold a fair, each student will select and represent a country and make a presentation about the culture, history, food, traditions and any false stereotypes they found in their research. This event will help spread knowledge of other cultures to this small farming community and will expand students’ global knowledge.
Tuscarawas Central Catholic High School, Ohio
Project: The school will start in International Club for grades 7-12. Activities will introduce students to new cultures and highlight visiting exchange students. They will learn about the countries the exchange students come from to make their transition easier. They will have monthly activities.
Alonso High School, Florida
Project: German language students would participate in a program learn the history of Germans in the state by first settlers and to learn German vocabulary. They will go to Nehrling Gardens where they will learn more about the history, impact and achievements of the early German settlers and practice the language they have learned.
Cumberland High School, Wisconsin
Project: The school will bring an Afro-Cuban music and dance group to perform at the school. They will lead students to learn songs and dance steps and rhythms. Other area schools will be invited to maximize impact. Students will gain knowledge of a new style of music and broaden their perspectives.
Providence High School, North Carolina
Project: The German club will attend a compete in German Day at a local university. They participate in poetry, extemporaneous speaking and other German language competitions. 40-50 students will attend and gain valuable knowledge and experience that they can take back and share in their school. Exchange students also attend and this helps foster friendships.
In a world that is becoming increasingly interconnected, cultural exchange has grown more important than ever. These grants are awarded with the intention of encouraging this trend.
Congratulations once again to these inspiring schools! Thank you for all you do to bring our world closer together.
Interested in bringing cultural education and exchange to your American high school? Globalize your campus with AYA!