Each year, Lower Elementary students spend several months studying the culture, geography, history and peoples of a specific continent. The in-depth research culminates in a week-long residency and final performance. This type of focused and extended project helps students to develop their research and writing skills as well as to explore both similarities and differences of cultures other than their own.
This year Lower Elementary students studied Africa and spent a week learning and performing with Burundi native Pierre Claver “Peter Pro” Ndayihereje. Peter Pro is a traditional drummer as well as the outreach coordinator and president of Village Health Works. Village Health Works pairs its clinical programs with community development initiatives such as food security, education, livelihood skills, gender-based violence, education and environmental protection. Peter Pro spent a week teaching our Lower Elementary students the traditional art of Brundi drumming and dancing as well as sharing his culture, language and customs.
Matilda Giampietro, Lower Elementary Music Teacher, also spent time in Burundi teaching music there.