MANITOWISH WATERS - Some Northwoods students are getting a global experience as they welcome Chinese teachers and students for a week as part of an exchange program.
Two students and two teachers are spending the week sharing their experiences in China and learning some of our lifestyles. Liu Shufang 7th Grade Teacher in China, says, ""Teachers are very relaxed and a teacher can sit anywhere. Both stand and sit, and they can do anything, but in my school we can't. So I think it's a wonderful class, I like it."
Chinese student Chen Shuo says, "In my class, it's big and so many students, and here there are few students and we're relaxed. I like this class."
Chinese student Zhao Junke says, "People are very friendly here."
Students from North Lakeland school traveled to China last year to experience a whole new learning environment.
Joey Jirikowic visited China and says, "With their teacher, they sit at the front of the classroom at a desk. But with our teacher sometimes they walk around and hand out assignments and stuff. But their teacher mostly just stays at the front of the classroom."
Maggie Sanderson also took the trip, "Their school is a lot more focused on certain things like reading and English, like things that will help you in life. Our school is too, but we have like art class and stuff like that, creativity and self expression type things."
The Chinese students will stay in the Northwoods until the end of the week and then head back to China to share their stories of the Northwoods life.
EAGLE RIVER - Soccer players may need to wait for the snow on their fields to melt. But they know cabin fever is starting to set in, and it's the perfect time to capitalize on it.
The 7th annual Cabin Fever Indoor Soccer Tournament kicked off today at Northland Pines High School. The event raises money for the school’s boy's and girl's soccer teams.
"This was an opportunity to have an indoor soccer program so the kids can do something in the winter," says tournament director Steve Gilbert. "There was a need for a fundraiser so we thought why not have a tournament. There are other tournaments in the region, why not have one here with this tremendous facility that we have here at Pines."
Nearly 100 5th through 8th graders played in the co-ed soccer matches. Their participation makes it possible for the team to buy new equipment.
"It allows us to buy things that maybe the school can't afford to buy for them, so different types of warm-ups, equipment out on the field," says Gilbert. "One time we bought a camera for them so we could film their games. So it's going to good causes."
WOODRUFF - The Olympics might be over, but the Paralympics are underway in Sochi. Teachers at one local school are using the Olympic spirit to teach students about other countries.
Students at North Country Montessori celebrated International Day Friday morning. The students learn about different countries throughout the school year.
"The children at Montessori do a huge unit on geography and world culture, and we used today as a way to express the information that we found and things that we've learned," says North Country Montessori director Candice Henderson.
This year's theme was the Sochi Olympics.
Each student dressed up as a different country and sang songs in Russian.
This was the school's 30th annual International Day celebration. It ended with a potluck meal featuring ethnic food from different countries.
ST. GERMAIN - We all love our favorite sports teams. But what would happen if you had to dress up in your rival's gear? That's exactly what happened to Bears fan, Jerry Healy.
He's the janitor at St. Germain Elementary School. Healy challenged the students to raise over $700 for charity. If they did he'd wear the green and gold.
“Mr Healy you're unbelievable thank you for doing this,” says Jerry Healy, St. Germain Elementary School Janitor. “One kid said, "all this is disgusting Mr. Healy,” and another little kid who's a diehard Packers fan came up he came up and he's got an orange and blue pair of pants on and goes I'm a bears fan, today you're a packer fan, and that was pretty cool he's in second grade.”
As you can see the students surpassed the goal. The money went to pennies for patients. It’s an organization that supports people diagnosed with leukemia. The challenge brought the whole school together.
“Well I think they rose to the occasion they understood they're helping others in an easy but fun way. They came together as a class, as a whole school and just had a lot of fun with it,” says Jeff Waltz, a third grade teacher at St. Germain Elementary School.
This wasn't the first time Jerry got to dress up as a Packers fan. He did the same thing a few years ago when students accomplished a reading goal.
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