Blanchard Elementary Students Experience World Cultures

By Leslie Corn

Culture in the Community | #CENETJ1

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO – Cultural Exchange Network (CENET) recently took its popular local program, Culture in the Community (CITC), to Blanchard Elementary for a 2-week international education program. CITC aims to provide authentic international education for area schools and groups.

Within a 2-week period, CITC provided 38 cultural presentations to Blanchard students, ranging from Pre-K to 4th grade. CITC utilizes Southeast Missouri State University’s exchange students and local residents from other countries to provide interactive education about world cultures. Each CITC program offers tailored curriculum to match the needs of the specific school or group. The following countries were represented in Blanchard’s program: Costa Rica, Bangladesh, India, Germany, Nepal, England, Brazil, Japan, and Saudi Arabia.

Blanchard students, teachers, and administers praised the CITC program; CENET received thank you notes from various students. Blanchard’s Principal, Dr. Barbara Kohlfield, stated “This was a phenomenal opportunity for the Blanchard children to learn about people from other countries. The children enjoyed hearing about other cultures and seeing pictures from their countries. Thank you so much for allowing us this experience!”

CENET is a non-profit organization located in Cape Girardeau. In addition to Culture in the Community, CENET serves as a U.S. State Department authorized J-1 visa sponsor. CENET also provides The Magellan Exchange, a study abroad program for faculty and staff from universities worldwide, including Southeast Missouri State University.

Should your organization or school be interested in booking a CITC program, please contact CENET. 573-335-7111;

CENET strives to inspire a safer, more prosperous and compassionate world through international education and cultural exploration. For more news and updates about CENET, please visit our Facebook Page.




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