African-American Culture Research
KET Representative, Mr. Ed McGuire, videotaping
Upton's African-American Culture Study for KET's News Quiz Program
Students researched African-American Culture during Black History Month. Click on the following hyperlinks to view their multimedia presentations including:
E-mail from Burundi, Africa
Correspondence by e-mail with Hardin County natives, David and Kathy Brandon, who are missionaries in Burundi, Africa, made what they learned come alive with real-life experiences and eye-witness accounts. It also led to a Service Learning Project and a visit with the Brandons when they came home on vacation. Check out the African Mini-library and Meeting the Brandons reports below.
Keri Collins shows Nigerian Drum
Students also interviewed a missionary just back from four years in Nigeria. Dressed in a typical African costume, she brought clothes for the children to try on, toys, musical instruments, money and a tape of activities. Her recipes were used to prepare a typical Nigerian meal for the entire school.
Students sample African Recipes
Mr. Ed McGuire, regional KET representative, learned of the project and videotaped students preparing the meal, playing African instruments, and presenting puppet shows of African myths about Anasi the Spider.
The segment appeared on the KET program NEWS QUIZ, with a question about the country studied.
Talking Books of African Anasi the Spider stories were illustrated and animated by the students.
African Mini-Library Project
Students, teachers and community members connected with Upton and Western Elementary schools, and the Follett Book company contributed English language books that were sent to Burundi, Africa, to help children and adults there learn English. The students learned of the need for books from their e-mail correspondence with Mr. and Mrs. David Brandon, during their African Culture Research project.
The Fellowship Sunday School Class of Retired Col. Ellis "Bud" Patterson and Mr. Monty Stuteville, District 2 Magistrate, donated enough money to purchase a dozen hardback copies of The New Oxford Picture Dictionary, a book the Brandon's especially requested.
Sonora First Baptist Church
Fellowship Sunday School Class
L to R: Bill Routt, Bill Decker, Charles Routt, Jr., Jess Miller, Karl Highbaugh, George Cardin, Darryl Helm, Ellis Patterson, seated, Bill Butler.
Absent when picture taken: Ray Capelin, Jim Hodges, Calvin Hornback, Butch Hess.
Mr. Gary Hunter, sales rep for Follett Books, sent a wonderful collection on assorted levels and themes from their warehouse.
A Service Learning Grant from the Hardin County School system was used to ship the mini-library to Africa. The staff and students wish to thank everyone who helped make this project a success.
Mr. Hunter, Mr. Stuteville, and Mr. Patterson received the FRIENDS OF STLP AWARD from the Kentucky Department of Education at the state KETC Conference in Louisville for their assistance with this technology project.
Meeting the Brandons
On Friday, Aug. 14th, Upton students got to meet their special African E-mail pals, Mr. and Mrs. David Brandon, at a school assembly. The Brandons taught them how to count in the Kirundi language and shared pictures of their friends in Burundi. They thanked the students of Upton and Western, and the Fellowship Sunday School Class of the Sonora First Baptist Church for collecting English language Picture Dictionaries and other books they will use in Burundi to teach English. HCTV televised a program about their visit.
Update on Mini-Library from Mrs. Brandon
Mrs. Brandon used the books in her English-as-a-Second-Language class until she returned to America. Everyone wanted to take one of them home. She left the books with a friend who was establishing an orphanage and school for Burundian children. Her friend was thrilled with the books. The children were surprised and pleased with colored pictures because most of their books are printed in black and white. When the children opened the books, a reverence fell over the room. They turned each page carefully to take in each picture.
Here are some neat web sites about Africa:
Several myths with large pictures kids will enjoy.
Smithsonian African Web Site
The World Fact Book-Burundi
Monkey Island Midi File Free Midi Files http://dfrybarger.terrashare.com/midi.html