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YESmith&IndiaY.E. Smith Elementary Museum School students gathered at Duke Corporate Education’s offices in the Lucky Strike Building at American Tobacco Campus on March 20 to hold the second annual video conference with eight students and teachers from Red Bricks School in Ahmedabad, India, where Duke CE has offices.

Both sets of students swapped recipes and talked about pets, recess and family life. Y.E. Smith students also shared a presentation about North Carolina, developed by eight student participants from Victoria Robinson’s AIG group, which highlighted the state’s coastal landmarks like Kitty Hawk and Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Red Bricks students shared “A Day in the Life of Red Bricks School Kids” to teach their American counterparts about life and traditions in India.

The cultural exchange was part of Durham Rotary Club’s “Reading Ranger” program, a contributor to the club’s ultimate goal of promoting literacy in Durham.

Y.E. Smith’s principal Letisha Judd proudly considers her elementary an “international school” because of the program, describing it as “a great experience for our kids.”

The video conference was part of the Durham Rotary Club’s year-long Centennial celebration encouraging Durham citizens to carry out “100 Acts of Service Above Self.”


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