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LWC International Day of Cultural Awareness and Diversity

By Travis Smith

Students at Adair County Middle School in Columbia, KY got a unique opportunity on Thursday. The Lindsey Wilson College International Student Program (ISP) visited ACMS for the International Day of Cultural Awareness and Diversity, a day set aside each year for middle school students to meet college students from other countries and learn more about different cultures and customs.

Over 25 LWC students from 12 different countries led ACMS students through the event by stamping passports, teaching facts about their countries of origin, playing educational games and even holding Q & A sessions.

Adair County Middle School Principal Alma Rich was pleased with the event and what it brought to her students.

"We appreciate the fact that the international students get to share with our students," said Rich. "It's important to our rural area where students are not typically exposed to various cultures. It's a great day of coming together."

In total, the ISP has 98 students from 39 countries this semester. LWC Director of International Student Programs Sabine Eastham finds that the event enriches both the Adair County students as well as the Lindsey Wilson College international students.

"It gives our international students a sense of pride to be able to share about their cultures. It reminds them of why they love their home countries so much," said Eastham. "For the local Adair County students, I feel that they get a lot from this experience because it's more than just an internet search. This is the closest you can get to real travel and experiencing other cultures without leaving your home."

If you are interested in learning more about the ISP or becoming a host parent or family, contact Sabine Eastham at or call 270-384-8236.

To learn more about the LWC ISP visit

This story was posted on 2019-03-21 12:56:03
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Chopsticks lessons at ACMS

2019-03-21 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College.
Chisato Maeda of Japan teaches ACMS Student Chauncey Anderson how to use chopsticks during the International Day of Cultural Awareness and Diversity at Adair County Middle School on Thursday, March 21.

Maeda was one of 25 international students from the Lindsey Wilson College International Student Program (ISP) that assisted in teaching the middle school students throughout the day. ISP students from 12 different countries shared facts about their home country, played games, stamped passports and held Q & A sessions with the ACMS students.

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