When Loucia visited my students for a science lesson to talk about the migration of sea turtles in her native country of Cyprus, our studies were enriched and our perspective was expanded. From then on my students and I viewed news about Cyprus with a personal interest. It was Loucia’s country, and Loucia had become our friend.”
Margaret Holtschlag, Michigan Teacher of the Year 2000, Michigan, USA
“This LATTICE experience has taught me to not only see internationals with new eyes but to view all people in everyday situations with new eyes. Now I am not seeing the world from the narrow frame of reference of my own life experiences but all the life experiences of the internationals with whom we meet once a month.”
Margaret Myers-Culver, School Librarian, Michigan, USA
“I am greatly impressed by the accuracy with which the children summarized my talk with them. It is amazing indeed that children of that age (nine years old) can have such a thorough understanding of world affairs.”
Thompson Kumbirai Tsodzo, International Student, Zimbabwe
“Thanks to LATTICE for providing the linkages and opportunities for international students to contribute to local American classrooms.”
Magane Koshimura, International Student, Japan
“LATTICE provides a conducive atmosphere for one to think and to express out loud his/her thoughts, for one feels being among friends. We grapple with both bread and butter issues and with issues which make us question our comfort zones and assumptions.”
Manelisi Genge, International Student, South Africa
“Our staff frequently say that LATTICE has been one of the most significant experiences that they have ever had. Last week, one of our teachers said, ‘I’m always so tired before I come to this meeting, and after I leave I feel so energized and excited.’ That is the feeling of all of us.”
Jean Frentz, Assistant School Superintendent, Michigan, USA
“I feel very privileged to be a part of this community of committed educators who view the world as their classroom.”
Dwi Agus Yuliantoro, International Student, Indonesia