William Paca Middle School students enrolled in Mrs. Gena Vaccarello’s LOTE (Language Other Than English) class, have been sending letters to their new pen pals from the Liceo Ricci Curbastro School in Lugo, Italy, an unlikely partnership that occurred thanks to Mrs. Vaccarello’s niece, Elettra, who is a 10th-grade student at the school. Each student is writing in the recipient’s native language.
In early February, the students received a package of letters from the 22 Italian students, in which they introduced themselves, shared their likes and dislikes, their age, music preference and more. One student even enclosed an Italian Euro in his letter and a William Paca student included a coin in his response.
Mrs. Vaccarello noted how the students are learning about Italian culture, the town of Lugo Italy, events that have occurred near there and the neighborhoods in which the students reside. “I have never seen my students so excited about a writing assignment!” added Mrs. Vaccarello.
Even though more than 4,100 miles and the Atlantic Ocean separate the two schools, the world has become a little smaller for these students who are sure to treasure this cultural experience throughout their lives.