This week, Prep welcomed ten students and two teachers from Colegio De la Inmaculada in Lima, Peru, kicking off the second annual cultural exchange between our schools. The two-week visit will include a number of on- and off-campus experiences. One highlight thus far has been a "Prep Man in the Morning (PM in the AM)" presentation by several of the Peruvian visitors.
At the Feburary 7 PM in the AM assembly, student members of our Peruvian exchange presented to the sophomore class background information about their school and a brief overview of Peru's history and culture. The Prep Man in the Morning (PM in the AM) program gathers class years each Wednesday morning to examine topics and issues relevant to their formation as students of a Jesuit high school. The title of this assembly for sophomores was "The Prep Man as a Global Citizen."
After an introduction by Mr. John Morris, Dean of Students, inviting students to consider the rich and vast connections that exist for them as members of the world-wide network of Jesuit schools, the assembly was put into the able hands and voices of the students from Colegio de la Inmaculada, who used slides and video to help share their school and culture. From aerial video of their school grounds, athletic fields, and even a protective zoo on property to a sharing of authentic foods, geography and a national love for soccer, the boys' presentation, spoken in fine English, helped connect our sophomores to their fellow Jesuit students and their school back home.
Prep students will have the opportunity to visit Peru this summer for an enrichment course: "Object as Story: Exploring Personal Narrative through the Arts."