Students at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School hosted students from schools in Kenya earlier this month. The visiting students, known as “Rising Star” students in their villages, had the opportunity to see what a day in the life of an American student is like. The group of kids ranging in age from 8-12 checked out the Maker’s Space, took a look inside American classrooms, and have lunch alongside Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School Students.
“This is a great opportunity for the kids to come here and see how education is valued in America. The kids see themselves as representatives of their communities and coming here makes them realize the importance of education,” said Brian, with the World Vision Organization.
This was the first year 14 students from Kenya were brought to a school in Illinois by the organization. Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School was chosen because of their involvement with the World Vision Organization.
Each year Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School hosts a 6k for Water with the organization and global studies teachers recently visited Africa to see how the World Vision organization brings water to underprivileged communities.