Rowena Gerber, the school iEARN coordinator, connected Barbara with Kaori Hayashi more than nine years ago. They started having classrooms exchange Side by Side art work each year. Since Barbara and Kaori have partnered their classrooms, students have also shared personal letters, stories and poems, and have done science projects together.
Barbara says, “It is a wonderful experience for the children and for me, too. I have become friends with Kaori and we send family photos to one another. I have seen her blossom into a beautiful young lady…through her marriage and now with two little girls. It has been a fantastic experience. One of the highlights in my 35 years of teaching!”
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