Boardman students connect with peers in Thailand

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Some dedicated students in Boardman are proving language and distance can’t keep them from an important lesson.

Students at Glenwood Junior High and Center Intermediate schools talked with students via a video connection with students from a rural village in Thailand, nearly 9,000 miles away.

The communication was made possible through a Turning Foundation grant.

Students created a website and are focusing on global challenges as they relate to students in Thailand. Some of those issues include poverty, inequality, climate and environmental degradation.

Wednesday was the first time students were able to communicate with their peers in the village. They were able to talk in real time using a Skype-like app called Line.

Despite the language barrier, the students learned they have a lot in common

“Even though they don’t understand the language, it’s like they get excited the same way. They smile the same way, they have the laugh. I like this quote, ‘Everyone smiles in the same language’ It’s kind of a universal thing,” said Julianna Douglas, Glenwood Junior High School student.

Principal Bart Smith spent several summers teaching in Thailand. His wife is a native of the Thai village involved in the project.

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