Scotch Plains-Fanwood Elementary Students Take Off in Simulated Spanish-Speaking Airlines

Evergreen students presenting their Passports on their international flight to Cancun, Mexico. Credits: Photo by Tara Kennedy
Employees of El Aeropuerto Evergreen (Señora Clark’s high school students) Credits: Photo by Tara Kennedy
The flight to Cancun, Mexico even included on-board services Credits: Photo by Tara Kennedy
School One students at boarding Credits: Photo by Sean Conklin
Evergreen students on board Credits: Photo by Tara Kennedy
School One students on board to Cancun Credits: Photo by Sean Conklin
Special thanks to the teachers that made this happen, especially Bronna Lipton, elementary school Spanish teacher. Pictured from left to right: Ms. Kelli Covert, Senora Bronna Lipton and Senora Lorissa Clark. Credits: Photo by Sean Conklin
School One students doing the Mexican Hat Dance Credits: Photo by Sean Conklin
Student filling out an application
Handout materials to all students boarding the international flight
Sample reading materials for students at assigned seating locations

Señora Lipton’s fourth grade Spanish students from School One and Evergreen School passed customs and boarded a simulated flight to Cancun on AeroMexico last week. The comprehensive Spanish-speaking activity virtually teleported students from a school gymnasium to a fully-functional airport.

El Aeropuerto Evergreen, the full-service airport featured a check-in counter, immigration services, baggage claim, customs, and a commercial airplane.  Airline employees were represented by Spanish students from Señora Clark’s Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School class.

After “takeoff,” the students enjoyed an in-flight educational video about Mexico and enjoyed some snacks.  When the travelers arrived in Cancun, they were prompted by immigration services to answer questions in Spanish before they could advance to the next checkpoint.  When the students completed their exams, they were greeted by high school students shaking maracas and Mexican music.  At the conclusion, students did the Mexican Hat Dance and enjoyed tortilla chips and salsa.

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“It’s an excellent opportunity for students to apply their studies to a real-life learning experience,” said Lipton, who has made the simulated Spanish-speaking airline an annual event for the last six years.  For some students, this is their first experience flying, so that in itself excites them.

The setup was staged by Señora Lipton, who sacrificed many extra hours from her schedule to make it happen. Visual donations came from AeroMexico.

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