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Maple Avenue to learn from Japanese educator

Maple Avenue Elementary School will learn about the schools, culture and daily life in contemporary Japan, thanks to its involvement in the Japanese Wisconsin Education Connection.

Fukumi “Kumi” Inudo, who comes from the Nara prefecture in Japan, will give classroom presentations about life in Japan, her school and home, as well as teach Japanese songs, games, arts and crafts, and basic language expressions during November.

Two Maple Avenue teachers will host Kumi during her time in the district so that she will experience much of American culture and further develop her English skills. Kumi also will write a report on the Hamilton School District’s world language curriculum to present to the Japanese Board of Education upon her return.

The Japanese Wisconsin Education Connection gives a select number of K-12 Wisconsin school districts the opportunity to host a talented elementary, junior or senior high school teacher from Japan. Wisconsin schools have hosted more than 150 teachers through this program since 1997.

Kumi will be welcomed by Maple Avenue students and staff Nov. 2 with a brief all-school assembly beginning at 9 a.m. that will include singing of a friendship song and presentation of gifts.

Maple Avenue is located at W240 N6059 Maple Avenue, Sussex.