McCallie School Experiences Colombian Culture

Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Colombian dancers
Colombian dancers

Colorful native costumes, rhythmic Latin American music and non-stop national Colombian dances dazzled the senses of the McCallie Middle School on Tuesday as a group of 14 students from Colombia gave a 40-minute performance in Davenport Forum. 

The Colombians, male and female middle school students from the British Montessori School in the capital city of Bogotá, is visiting Chattanooga on a cultural exchange program with McCallie. Maria Gonzalez, McCallie Middle School Spanish teacher, is the American point person for the exchange program between the two countries. Her father was born in Colombia. 

Performing several native dances in traditional dress, the students had the middle schoolers clapping to the music and joining the dancers for the finale. 

The students are from private, bilingual Colombian secondary schools and lived with host families while in Chattanooga. They attended classes at McCallie for two days and shared power point presentations on their native land and its culture. The group will also attend classes and perform at the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy before departing for a trip to Chicago on Sunday.

McCallie is planning a reciprocal trip in late May or early June as Colombian schools are still in session at that time of year.

Lee Receives Higher One Grant For Financial Literacy Project

Higher One, a university financial services organization, has awarded the Financial Literacy Counts Grant to Lee University for fall 2014. The grant will fund the Financial Literacy and Money Empowerment project, sponsored by Lee’s Financial Aid Office. The project’s goal is to coordinate a campus-wide financial literacy campaign to reach all students. It will provide opportunities ... (click for more)

Dalton/Whitfield, Murray, Gilmer, Gordon, and Catoosa Counties Selected As An Early Education Empowerment Zone

Dalton/Whitfield, Murray, Gilmer, Gordon and Catoosa Counties were selected as one of Georgia’s four Early Education Empowerment Zones and will participate in a community commitment ceremony at 3 p.m. on Oct. 3 at Whitfield/Dalton Day Care Center, 515 South Pentz St. in Dalton.  The five counties will collaborate together in what will be known as the Northern Counties zone. ... (click for more)

Man Charged With Killing 3-Year-Old Takes Own Life In County Jail

Justin Dale Bradley died in the Hamilton County jail Saturday morning. Notification was received from the Hamilton County 911 Center at   12:50 a.m. ,   regarding an inmate found unresponsive.   Jail personnel found the male inmate unresponsive in his cell and initiated CPR while notifying Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services. ... (click for more)

Democratic Chairman Roy Herron Announces He Will Not Run For 2nd Term

Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron announced Saturday at a meeting of the Tennessee Democratic Party State Executive Committee that he would not be seeking a second term as party chairman. “I have been blessed to serve as chairman these past two years, and I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to all of the executive committee members, party officials, staff members, and friends ... (click for more)

You’re Right With Lamar

One of Tennessee’s favorite sons, Davy Crockett, coined an oft-used phrase:  “Be always sure you’re right, then go ahead.” Being sure is quite important, but may be difficult in this election cycle. The Democratic nominee campaigning against Lamar Alexander is a man whose radio ads call for “change,” “fair” taxes and more jobs.  Sounds good, huh?   ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Late Garden Walk

Due to a series of pressing events I didn’t get a chance to make my September walk through the garden until yesterday. It is normally my custom to take a stroll on the first day of each new month, looking for the orchids and onions that might appear, so I can award them to those among us who deserve one or the other. So before the temperatures drop, allow me to catch up: AN ORCHID ... (click for more)