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Cabell Schools Japanese Immersion Camp Celebrates Ten Years of Learning Fun

Cabell County Schools is proud to conduct the tenth year of its Japanese Immersion Camp, June 14-17, and June 20-24 at Altizer Elementary School. 

Each Friday at 1:00 PM, students will display their learning in a program for their families, community members, sponsors, and news media representatives. Special guests for these Friday showcases include President Rosier from Toyota; President Smith from Marshall University; Mr. Scarbro, Director of RCBI; Dr. Bookwalter, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Marshall University; and families of participating students.

Through Japanese Immersion Camp, third through sixth grade students from across Cabell County spend an entire week learning about Japanese language and culture. Students learn the Japanese language through word exercises and music classes taught by native Japanese speakers from Marshall University as well as Cabell County teachers; sample Japanese foods from Taste of Asia; show off their chopstick skills during an Ohashi chopstick challenge; use 3D pens to write their names in Japanese with help from RCBI; paint a lucky cat pottery piece; make origami cranes; learn jump rope games and activities; enjoy Koto music performed live; and participate in a Sado tea ceremony.

This year marks the tenth year of the camp, offered through a collaboration between Marshall University, RCBI, and Cabell County Schools thanks to the generous support of local sponsors including Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Nippon Tungsten, Okuno International, Simplified IT Solutions, The Pottery Place, and Taste of Asia Teays Valley.

“Our students and families look forward to this camp each year,” says Dr. Ashley Stephens, Cabell County School’s Family and Community Engagement Facilitator. “Spaces fill up quickly and there are waitlists to attend. We feel so fortunate to be able to offer an authentic learning experience like this thanks to our partners and friends. Our students leave with a new appreciation of the world and people around them as well as new skills of their own,”

For more information about this and other community engagement events, contact Ashley Stephens, Family & Community Engagement Facilitator, by calling (304) 528-5340.