An Evening Under the Stars

Sunday, April 22, 2007 | posted by Doug Bunch |

On Saturday, April 20, Global Playground introduced itself to the Washington, DC area at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Dupont Circle. Over sixty people showed up on a beautiful spring evening, contributing over $2,000 to our efforts to bring education to children in developing countries. Attendees included attorneys, business leaders, nonprofit professionals, and young professionals and friends of GP in the DC area and beyond. Among them was Ivan Vujacic, the Serbian Ambassador to the United States. The event featured excellent Thai food, various door prizes, a slide show about our first project in Uganda, and the opportunity to meet GP's Board members. It was so successful that we hope to repeat it next year. A special thanks to William & Mary's DC Office and to all of the volunteers who made the event possible.

Bringing it Home

Sunday, April 15, 2007 | posted by Doug Bunch |
Global Playground doesn't only build classrooms abroad. We also bring global awareness to classrooms here in the United States. On Saturday, April 13, Global Playground participated in the 2007 Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in New York City. At NECTFL, teachers who attended the GP session had the opportunity to learn about our mission and goals, the construction of our first school in Uganda, and ways they can promote cross-cultural understanding in their foreign language classrooms. Using part of the Peace Corps' Building Bridges curriculum, teachers explored ways to encourage their students to embrace cultural differences in the world around them. Ashley Clevenger and Becca Sacra, two GP Advisory Committee members who are also elementary school teachers, helped lead the presentation. GP hopes to participate in future NECTFL conferences and others like it.