SPRING HILL — Explorer K8 students filed through the commons area throughout the school day recently looking at contributions to Earth's Cultures Exploration 2009.
Coordinated by eighth-grade science teacher Equix Ramos, grades kindergarten through eighth were invited to focus on a country or area and produce displays on the indigenous cultures.
On May 26, everything was ready. One table held paper renditions of passports, which were stamped as each display was visited. Sixth-graders Dakota Rice, 11, and Emilee Leathers, 12, were assisting Ramos and shared their favorites.
"It'd probably be Africa because there's, like, pyramids and stuff and mummies," Dakota said.
"My favorite was Asia because of the stuff they have in China, the beautiful silks," Emilee said. "I just love the stuff in Asia."
Besides the silks and pyramids, the students could see cultural examples such as foods, clothing and carvings from Central and South America, Europe, Australia, the polar regions, Mexico, the Caribbean and the United States.
Ramos had put a giant map of the world near the table where passports were distributed. Each child was invited to put his or her name on a cutout hand and place it on the map at his or her country of heritage.
The reason for the project, Ramos said, was "to make students aware that there is a planet Earth that is alive and there are other cultures besides our own."
The event was open that evening for parents, guardians and friends.
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