Global Connections students paying it forward to elementary students



In SeaTac, Global Connections High School students are teaming up with Cedarbrook Lodge to educate fifth graders from Bow Lake Elementary on childhood obesity, anti-bullying and classroom etiquette.

The DECA class at Global Connections developed a field trip for the Bow Lake students, which will be hosted by Cedarbrook Lodge on May 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DECA is an international association that aims to prepare emerging high school leaders for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

“My Advanced Marketing students love the challenge of ‘thinking like a 5th grader’ as they consider their target market for the lessons they are planning,” said DECA teacher Alana Vinther. “It’s delightful to hear them comment on the challenges and rewards of working with the elementary students.”

The high school students have enlisted the help of Cedarbrook’s Culinary Director, Roy Breiman, and Executive Chef, Mark Bodinet, to teach the elementary students about nutrition and sustainability through a cooking demonstration. The students will then get to taste the food and go home with a few easy and healthy recipes to try at home.

“I feel it is our responsibility and obligation as members of the Highline community to help educate and inspire passion in our community’s youth,” said Cedarbrook Lodge General Manager Scott Ostrander. “There is truly no better joy than paying it forward and helping to motivate and foster the growth and maturation of our future leaders.”

Cedarbrook Lodge is also assisting the DECA students in producing a short video that will teach the elementary students about good classroom etiquette. The video will be shown during the field trip.

During the three weeks leading up to the field trips, the high school students are challenging the middle school students to stand up to bullying. During the field trip, students will be recognized for their participation and success in the anti-bulling program.

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