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7 Think locally, study globally.

Students can easily take on the world when they know more about it. A new study-abroad pilot program in the District of Columbia gives kids a firsthand look at other cultures. Launched this summer, the program sent 400 eighth- and 11th-grade students on fully paid trips to 12 countries, with funding from private contributions. Students in Costa Rica learned about farming and cooked on outdoor stoves; in Spain they practiced Spanish and learned about bartering in a market. The goal is to send every public school student in the District on two study-abroad trips before graduation. Individual schools across the country have partnered with private organizations to send kids abroad, but the scale of the District's effort is a first.

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Title Annotation:STATELINE
Publication:State Legislatures
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U5DC
Date:Dec 1, 2016
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