Meet the World in Knox County brings Kenyon College’s international students into Knox County classrooms to share their cultures in ways appropriate to specific grade levels. Stimulated by the interest of many international college students to more fully engage Kenyon’s rural locale, the program encourages young people’s curiosity about the world, challenges their thinking about others different from themselves, and broadens their cultural horizons. The program is open to public, private and home schools, as well as to everyone else who is interested in developing their understanding of different cultures from around the world.
Chinese students share experiences about their home regions of China at Centerburg Elementary School. International students from Mexico and France talk about their holiday traditions in the second grade classrooms at East Elementary. Speakers from France, Bulgaria, and New Zealand talk about their distinctive foodways to second graders at Wiggin Street School. By interacting with students who are studying these native regions, the program helps teachers bring the standard curriculum for each grade level to life.