Sunday, August 31, 2008

South Dakota teachers receive ancient and modern lessons in Turkey

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Four South Dakota teachers recently returned from a 10-day educational excursion to Turkey sponsored by the Turkish Culture Foundation through the South Dakota Council on World Affairs (SDCWA).

Turkey, famous for its cultural blend of East and West, offered many things for the schoolteachers to experience.

Marissa Kleinhans, Baltic High School; Karen Thaler, Mickelson Middle School, Brookings; Gary Pederson, Memorial Middle School, Sioux Falls; and Sally Rice, Edison Middle School, Sioux Falls; joined teachers from six other affiliates of the World Affairs Councils of America for the trip.

The goal for educators was to absorb as much history, scenery and culture as possible in order to relay their experiences to their students.

“Encountering Turkey first hand has been an inspiring experience that these teachers now share with friends and family, colleagues and pupils across the state,” said SDCWA Executive Director Harriet Swedlund.

“They understand first-hand and are finding many opportunities to communicate knowledge of the vital role Turkey has played for centuries as a global crossroad,” Swedlund explained.

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