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Mount Mercy Academy Celebrates Foreign Language Week

   The Mount Mercy Academy Languages Other Than English (LOTE) Department celebrated National Foreign Language Week with a variety of fun and educational activities for the students.  

    Each morning and afternoon a Foreign Language Fact was given during the announcements.  Foreign Language Trivia was played during lunches on two different days and prizes were awarded. The LOTE students also created flags from around the world.

     In keeping with the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy, the school’s sponsoring body, the department held a dress in Your Favorite Heritage Dress Down Day to benefit Buffalo Peace House.  The Sisters believe in standing in solidarity with immigrants. The Buffalo Peace House assists refugees and those seeking asylum with housing and other basic needs.

    The LOTE Department also organized an assembly “60 Minutes Around the World” where students visited displays from ten different countries.  The displays featured facts, food and drink and memorabilia from the countries.

    In addition, prayer was prayed in a different language each day.  The prayer was spoken in Spanish, Latin, Swahili, Italian and Amharic.

    The final activity of the week was a Salsa Competition.  Students created salsa that was then judged for taste by several judges.   Senior Mariah Rullan (Buffalo) won the contest.

"Mount Mercy has taught me some of the most important things in my life and I am so grateful for that. I know that incorporating the principles of a woman of Mercy has made me the best version of myself. I can only hope that in the future, I will continue to grow and teach others the valuable lessons that I was taught at Mount Mercy. While I have learned so many things here, the greatest thing by far that I have learned is that DNA does not always make a family, love makes a family and that is exactly what I have gained here, a second family."

Mariah Rullan

Class of 2019

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