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April 7, 2015

SVSU to Introduce Local Children to Foreign Cultures

Five area grade schools will participate in the annual “Passport to the World” Wednesday, April 15 at Saginaw Valley State University. Three schools from Saginaw Public Schools – Jessie Loomis, Kempton, and Zilwaukee – and two parochial schools from Reese – Trinity Lutheran and St. Elizabeth's will participate in this year’s event, put on by SVSU's English Language Program.

SVSU international students plan activities that are designed to give children a global glimpse of knowledge and culture from many different countries. Each year, the program changes to keep it fresh and interesting.  This year, elementary children will visit six stations that teach about currency, art, language, literacy through hands-on activities. Participants will receive a box lunch, a photo "passport", and their art projects.

Most activities will be held in Groening Commons at SVSU. Children also will receive a tour of the Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum, along with a sculpting activity.

SVSU has hosted Passport to the World for more than ten years.  For more information about this year’s event, contact Colette Urian, ESL specialist at SVSU, at (989)430-1811 or