A benefit of my school and placement is the small community and active involvement of parents and staff. Everyone works tirelessly for the students to have a well-rounded educational experience at Yuchon Elementary School.
One of the unique things about Yuchon is the exceptional diversity that is lacking in many other parts of Korea. A few of our students have Vietnamese, Filipina, and Japanese mothers. Our school promotes the celebration and inclusion of all families in our community. Last week, we had a multicultural festival and benefited from the traveling museum supplies of the National Folk Museum of Korea. We had trunks of cultural artifacts from Vietnam, the Philippines, and Mongolia. A few mothers from the Philippines and Vietnam came to help teach our students about their respective cultures. Students were also given a chance to try on some clothes from these countries for different occasions.
Yesterday, we held another school festival to promote the “families” we have among the students. In the beginning of the school year, students in 1st-6th were assigned to a ‘family’ and they work together throughout the year. The morning began with a tag sale run by the teachers with students’ donated new and used items. After the tag sale, there were various events for the groups to do, such as jumping rope, a literacy event run by our librarian, and sampling foods made by students’ mothers.
After school, we had some teacher bonding. A majority of the staff headed to a local farm run by the family of some students. We helped out with picking some cucumbers since it is the height of the season. We ended the day with a faculty dinner at one of the restaurants in our town. We actually have 3 restaurants and I have been to 2 of them for the first time in the last week. Timing is a funny thing.