With the help of technology, Hyde Elementary students went face-to-face recently with their Norwegian pen pals.
Students had the chance to chat with their pen pals March 6 in Norway via video conferencing site Skype, according to the . Students previously exchanged letters with the students.
"It's a wonderful way for students to learn about a different culture, acceptance, tolerance and building friendships," said Hyde Elementary librarian Amber Jackson, who led the event. "Students involved in this program are learning essential skills in communication and collaboration while thinking about the goals for our anti-bullying program."
The project is a part of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, which originated in Norway.
"With Norway being the birthplace of the program, I wanted to connect Norwegian students with our students to see what we could learn from each other," Jackson said.
The students will again meet with their Norwegian friends on Skype March 28, when the conversation will focus on building strong friendships.
The 2011-2012 school year marks the second year that the Moon Area School District has participated in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.