Hümeyra tells us, “I live in an urban community. It is very crowded. In Istanbul there live more than 16 million people. There are lots of buses, taxi's and cars. It's always noisy outside. There are around 1200 students at my school. The building has 5 floors and is pretty big. We have a playground, a sports hall and a canteen too. At school there are volleyball, basketball and football teams. Our school is pretty active when it comes to sports.” Wow! What an excellent description to bring us to her school and school community!
Mete also lives in Istanbul, a city he describes as both “modern” and “beautifyl.” Unlike his PenPals, at Mete’s school they have a a school cat! ”Sometimes she gets in the class on the basement floor from the windows. She is SO CUTE. She sleeps, walks and plays in class.” Sure sounds like a fun schoolmate to us!
Thanks for being great PenPals, Hümeyra and Mete!
When asked to explain the role art plays in his community, Theodore told his PenPal, “Art reflects the important cultural values throughout all families from the same region or even the same country even. Half of my family is from mexico/Spain and the other half is from France.“
Olivia took the opportunity to tell her PenPals about a local spot where artists share their work with the community. “There's a place called Graffiti Park where people can go and paint on the walls around the place.” Sounds cool, Olivia!
When asked what they like about the opportunity to share their experience with their PenPals, Theodore and Olivia told us, “Our favorite part of the PenPal exchange is learning about other students' lives and cultures that are different from theirs.” Thanks for sharing your awesome work, PenPals!
When we asked Courtney what she liked most about working with her PenPals and she told us, “My favorite part of my Pen Pal exchange is getting to know new things. I really enjoyed getting to know how people live, their daily lives, and if they go through different things than I do. For example, one of my Pen Pals was from Spain and she talked about how much she loves her Football team. I thought that was interesting because I didn't know that they had female football teams in Spain. I then soon realized that she was actually talking her football which is the equivalent to American soccer for me. I really do like getting to know my Pen Pals as people and seeing our similarities and differences.”
Thanks for sharing Courtney!
Way to go you two, and keep up the awesome work!
He explained, “An important event that happened in The Netherlands is the story of Anne Frank in the second World War. She is one of the most discussed jewish victims of the Holocaust. Her diary, now called "The diary of a Young Girl" documents her life hiding from 1942 to 1944 in The Secret Annax. The only survivor of the family is Anne Frank's father, Otto Frank and he helped with the publishment of her diary. I think that this is one of the most important events in the history of The Netherlands.” Thanks, Roque, for sharing such an important figure from your community with PenPals from around the world!
When asked what she has enjoyed most about the PenPal exchange, Megan told us, “It's been a very fun learning experience to learn about my fellow PenPals and things about their communities. Every week I'm excited to see what everyone has written because there is always something I learn from them.”
Thanks so much for sharing, Megan!