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The World Revolves Around Yorktown Third Graders

Students at Mohansic Elementary School traveled the world Friday without leaving the halls of the third grade.

In their annual around the world day, students traveled to classrooms to learn about the different countries of the world. Their teachers were the chaperones and organizers of this adventure, and their parents were the teachers.

The event was a wrap-up of everything the students learned in third grade, explained event organizer and third-grade teacher, Lisa Santosusso.

In the Israel room, students learned how to play a traditional-Israeli game called Gaga Ball.

David Levin and his daughter, Jane, taught the students a traditional song and game.

“I think its good for kids to learn things they didn’t already know about,” Jane said.

Jane took the class when she was in the third grade, and she and her father jumped at the opportunity to help teach about their heritage.

“Jane was in the class three years ago, and we think its just a great day,” said David. “They get to learn and have fun, so we wanted to help out.”

Just a few feet across from Israel were the Galapagos Islands, Indonesia, Ireland, the Czech Republic and China.

Throughout the day, each student had to fill out their “passport” – a packet which prompted the students to fill in information about each country they visited.

Students were also invited to dress up in an outfit that represented a country or some part of their heritage. Students were seen dressed in red, white and blue and others sported outfits that were ornate and authentic costumes from their origins. Mary McClay wore a traditional Irish step-dancing dress, while classmate Hailey Soliz dressed in her cousin’s authentic dress that she wore during Carnival.

The four themes of the third grade are to learn about geography, economy, government and culture. In each classroom, the fundamentals of the third grade were tied together, said Santosusso.

“It was great to get the parents involved, and to allow the kids to get a taste of each country,” she said. "It really just ties together everything they’ve done throughout the whole year, and they have fun and are excited doing it.”

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