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Forest Hills Elementary School explores aspects of Sweden for Cultural Travel Week

Passports in hand, fifth graders at Forest Hills Elementary filed into the library Tuesday, Jan. 28, and were transported to a different country.

The library was transformed into a place that housed Swedish meatballs, a viking ship and ancient Nordic runes. That's because this week is Cultural Travel Week and the students are "traveling" to Sweden.

For one week every year students at Forest Hills are immersed in a different culture.

Parent volunteers Marlise Scotti and Alex Brown headed up this event.

It started three years ago and the country that students explore is dependent on where Forest Hills parents are from. Scotti said last year several parents were from South Korea, so students "traveled" there to learn more about it.

Brown is originally from Sweden and on Tuesday taught groups of students about traditional Swedish holidays at one of four stations aimed at immersing students in Swedish history and culture. Other stations included food tasting, artifacts and Vikings.

At the Cultural Travel Week kickoff assembly the week before, Jimmy Lee Johnson, author of a Viking coloring book, dressed in Viking garb and gave a presentation.

Cultural Travel Week will continue through Friday, Jan. 31.

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