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Gardiner Middle School kids learn language skill, Spanish cultural practices

Students in the bilingual program at Gardiner Middle School learned more than Spanish-language skills during an annual spring-break trip to Costa Rica.

"The goal of the trip is to introduce our students to Costa Rican culture through their use of the Spanish language," said bilingual teacher Keely Rock . "The more authentic language immersion the students can have, the better."

Students from Gardiner Middle School's bilingual program took two cooking classes during their spring-break trip to Costa Rica.Last month, eight students in fifth through seventh grades joined the trip, spending eight days traveling from the central valley of Costa Rica to the Pacific coast, including visits in San Jose, Tirimbina, La Fortuna and Manuel Antonio.

Highlights of the trip included cooking classes, a canopy zip line tour through the Cloud Forest, two days at a bat research center, and visiting a school, where they played fútbol with the students and enjoyed a traditional dance performance.

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