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Multicultural Family Night Provides Training/Learning Opportunities for Parents, Children, and BSC Teacher Education Students

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    Friday, February 24 2012
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu
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Bluefield State College students and faculty (pictured above) took part in the recent   Multicultural Family Night for parents and students from Whitethorn and Memorial Elementary Schools.  The event at the Bluefield Recreation Center attracted more than 175.

(Bluefield)—More than 175 students and parents from Whitethorn and Memorial Elementary Schools took part in the recent "Multicultural Family Night" program at the Bluefield Recreation Center. Bluefield State College teacher education students created literacy and math stations, food, and fun with an emphasis upon multiculturalism.

The BSC students' stations also included games and crafts. "Our students also presented students and parents with 'take home' packets with information designed to help parents assist their children," noted Dr. Shelia Martin, Interim Co-Director of the College's Teacher Education program. "The principals, teachers, parents, and children really enjoyed the activities. At the same time, BSC students gained insight into family support for learning and the school environment. Our students also cultivated their understanding of how to assist parents to help their children acquire math and literacy skills along with an appreciation for diversity." Students matched same words in Spanish and English by pairing identical geometric shapes. They used laptops to observe the life-cycle of butterflies and menus to add up the cost of a meal. Children enjoyed a favorite book, Eric Carl's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which teachers used as a springboard for mini-lessons on days of the week, measurement, estimation, and counting.

Parents had an opportunity to talk with Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ash and colleagues about the county's new attendance requirements.

Students matched same words in Spanish and English by pairing identical geometric shapes. They used laptops to observe the life-cycle of butterflies and menus to add up the cost of a meal. Children enjoyed a favorite book, Eric Carl's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which teachers used as a springboard for mini-lessons on days of the week, measurement, estimation, and counting.

Parents had an opportunity to talk with Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ash and colleagues about the county's new attendance requirements.

Active events closed out the evening. The children sang folk songs from Africa, learned dances including the Cupid Shuffle, and enjoyed pizza and drinks.