- Associated Press - Friday, December 25, 2015

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - A class of first-graders in Brookings has given condolences to a student’s extended family that lives close to one of the sites of the Paris attacks.

Medary Elementary School student Sidonie Cledelin and her family were on vacation during the Nov. 13 attacks in the French capital that killed 130 people and injured hundreds more. Sidonie and her parents were worried because some family members live in the area, including her aunt, who lives on the same street as one of the restaurants that was attacked.

Sidonie’s teacher, Jule Bullington, had her students make cards to let Sidonie’s aunt and other family members know that they’re thinking of them, the Brookings Register (https://bit.ly/1Yyh4sj ) reported.

To go along with the letters, Bullington began incorporating more lessons about France into her classes.

“We think it’s very important for these young children to learn citizenship and caring for others. Not just caring for others in our classroom and in our school or community, but across the world. It was a timely learning experience,” Bullington said. “The kids love to learn about current events, and then you can get them excited about the world.”

Still, she’s constantly surprised at just how aware they are of world events.

“I think when you have someone who has been touched (by these events), it brings it to life more,” Bullington said. “It gives us a great chance to talk about other countries, too, because they might not have been on my lesson plan that day, but that’s what they need to know.”

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Information from: Brookings Register, https://www.brookingsregister.com/


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