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Teacher Brings Japanese Culture to the Classroom

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Showing photos and YouTube videos isn't enough for the Japanese art unit in Rebecca Young-Sletten's class.

"I got super excited. I love chai tea. So, it was a lot of fun," says sophomore Alexandria Nellson.

Students were greeted by their teacher, who was dressed in a Kimono, geisha make-up and a wig, serving each of them tea and a small pastry.

"We walked into and there's all our tea set out and our cupcakes and stuff. So it's was ate. I liked it right away," say sophomore Simone Marchus.

This is the first time Young-Sletten has decorated her entire classroom. She says by completely changing the classroom it forces students to ask more questions and have fun while doing so.

"I'm trying to teach students that we need to love other people. And especially this time of year, with the holidays and everything. It's important that kids learn to understand other cultures,"says Young-Sletten.

Young-Sletten has visited Japan a couple of times, and since then has taught her students the importance of accepting all cultures. She says that students need to see the beauty in the differences of other cultures. Since 2008, she's been decorating her classroom for the Japanese art unit, but this is the first year the entire room has been transformed.

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