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Brookstone and Iraqi students connect despite distance

By Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - One by one about 10 Brookstone High School students enthusiastically introduced themselves to students in Babil Province, Iraq Tuesday via Skype.

"Hi, I'm Jennifer; Hi I'm Sam," was the resounding salutation from the private school students who greeted the Iraqi students during a video conference which allowed both groups to see and speak to each other in real time.  The Brookstone and Iraqi students seemed to enjoy the dialogue.

"I am going to college next year to the University, stated Sam, senior at Brookstone. An Iraqi student replied with much excitement, "Oh congratulations!"

Another student said, "I play soccer or football as you guys call it."

Eric Jones says the experience was great. "It made me more globally aware especially in a school like this, where we are big on global initiatives. It really opened my eyes to the world."

After the video conference, the American students wanted to know if it were offensive for the Iraqi students to see them with their heads uncovered. First Sergeant Christopher Harris answered, "It's their culture for the females to where their heads covered, unless her father gives her permission to be more progressive.  But, it's good to have them see how Americans are in America. You get that cross cultural communication."

The Brookstone students say they hope to exchange emails and plan to reconnect to the Iraqi students miles and miles away again via Skype.



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