Local school has global focus
With Park City turning its educational focus to a more international perspective, Keiko Moffett is up on the trend.
"Both middle schools have IB programs, so international has become this new hip word," Moffett said.
She has organized six week-long summer camps for Park City school children ages 8-11. As Managing Director for her Global Foundations Educational Programs the focus will be on diversity and geography.
"It astounds me how Americans are weak in languages and geography," she said.
She added her goal is to interest kids in the world.
"I think the global community is so small now, we need the young kids to know more about their neighbors," she said.
Moffett is from Japan and was educated in several international schools where she said she learned to embrace cultural differences. She speaks Spanish and English in addition to Japanese, all of which she teaches in the Park City School District.
Every year she hosts Japanese exchange students in Park City and this year she hopes to bring them into her summer camps to give them an international flavor.
This will help in her goal of focusing on ethnicity, heritage and diversity in her classes. Art, music, and friendship are also emphasized, she said.
Each day of the week-long camps, the students begin by learning how to say ‘hello’ in another language.
Lauren Clark, who will be teaching the children during the summer, has a degree in adventure recreation sociology and said she will engage the students in games during lunch and break that include language and geography. She added every activity is a learning experience and many of them are interactive.
"My big belief is that experiential learning is key," Clark said.
Possible day trips include a Provo River float trip, the Tracy Aviary, Red Butte Gardens and the Hansen Planetarium. The camp costs $250 per week and scholarships are available. For more information contact Keiko Moffett at 435-513-0489 or visit their website at http://www.globalfoundations.us .
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