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British school celebrates America Week
Year one students, the U.K. equivalent of kindergartners, dressed as cowboys and Indians, draw Native American patterns and images to learn about early U.S. history during America Week, July 2, 2014. Students from Guildhall Feoffment Primary School, in Bury St. Edmunds, participated in various hands-on activities to learn about American history. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dawn M. Weber/Released)
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British school celebrates America Week

Posted 7/4/2014   Updated 7/4/2014 Email story   Print story


by Airman 1st Class Dawn M. Weber
48th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

7/4/2014 - ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England -- There are a wide variety of cultures within the U.S. Air Force, and embracing those cultures is an essential component of the Air Force mission.

Teachers and students at Guildhall Feoffment Primary School, in Bury St. Edmunds, celebrated American culture during America Week by participating in various hands-on activities to become better educated about the history of the U.S.

"There are about 10 American families that attend our school," said Sue Herriott, GFPS head teacher. "American students form the largest non-English group in the school."

Students spent the week learning about early American history, including the early English settlers, the Revolutionary War and the Gold Rush of 1848.

"We've done a China Week, and we're going to have an India Week. It helps raise the students' awareness and understanding of other cultures," said Herriott.

Students not only learned about the early history of the U.S., but also about how some Americans spend their leisure time, by learning the Cha Cha slide, a popular American line dance.

After the dance lesson, American students who attend GFPS answered questions about living in the U.S. compared to living in the U.K. A favorite topic for the students was food.

"I really like hot dogs," said Drew Heitmeyer, 8-year-old GFSP student. "I really like when my mom makes me peanut butter and jelly [sandwiches], too."

According to Herriott, these lessons help students later in life by experiencing different cultures at a younger age.

7/7/2014 8:30:29 AM ET
As grandmother to Drew Heitmeyer the 8 year-old quoted in the story I was lucky enough to attend this event. It was wonderful to see the children of another country taking an interest in the aspects of America and American History. Great job Guildhall Feoffment Primary School teachers staff and children
Susan Young, Lincoln NE
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