The first day of school at Barnesville for Peruvian exchange students Alexia, Gianluca, Isabel, and Vicenzo was canceled due to snow, and their last day at Barnesville was cut short by another winter storm. Despite the shortened day, the Leonardo Da Vinci School students were still able to share a presentation about Peruvian history and culture, and Barnesville was able to bid them a fond farewell.
The students from Lima focused part of their presentation on Afro-Peruvian culture, sharing a celebratory song and dance featuring a drum box called a “cajon.” They also led Barnesville’s Middle School students in a dance and presented the School with the gift of a cajon. Ms. Campos plans to use it in her Preschool and Lower School Spanish classes.
Everyone enjoyed spending time together one last time, and students promised to keep in touch. Earlier in the day, their chaperone Magdalena met with parents curious about the exchange program, explaining what life is like in Peru for Barnesville students who participate.
While host families planned different final weekend activities including watching the Super Bowl, all of the exchange students had the opportunity to experience skiing earlier in the week. They departed Monday, returning to summer weather in Lima.
Barnesville has a long-standing student foreign exchange program with Leonardo Da Vinci School (LDVS) located in Lima, Peru. Seventh and eighth grade students from Peru visit Barnesville for three weeks in January and February. They live with a host student’s family, attend classes, and participate in planned activities and field trips. In June and July, three or four Barnesville Middle School students have a similar opportunity to travel to Peru— staying with host families, attending classes at LDVS, and learning about the rich history and culture of Peru. Barnesville partners with Green Acres School (North Bethesda) each year to broaden the exchange community and opportunities for students in both countries.