St. Mary’s began the global travel trunks program to represent and honor the diverse backgrounds of our school community and to represent the countries, regions and cultures that makes us unique. These trunks are located in the IB Hub.
What sorts of items go into a trunk?
Ideally, we would like to represent countries, regions, or cultures as multidimensional and engaging. Items that are representative and real to children of any age, are perfect. Clothes, toys, books, currency, flags, games, small instruments, small artifacts and handicrafts can be symbolic items with cultural weight. Examples of non-perishable foods such as spices are also welcome. The kinds of extended learning experiences that our students have through tactile participation are authentic and engaging.
Trunks, clothing and artifacts currently in the IB Hub hail from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Sweden.