Westerville Central High School students in Emily Swank-Kavanaugh's Cultural Studies class will engage in the World Wise Schools program, available through the Peace Corps.

Westerville Central High School students in Emily Swank-Kavanaugh's Cultural Studies class will engage in the World Wise Schools program, available through the Peace Corps.

Throughout the school year, Swank-Kavanaugh and her pupils will correspond with an American volunteer, Alice McCutcheon, who teaches Chinese literature at Sichuan University in Chengdu, Sichua, a rural area of China. McCutcheon provides a unique dynamic for Westerville students, as she is a 2011 Otterbein University graduate.

The collaboration with Sichuan University will include video chats, pen pal letters and lesson plans.

The goal is for students in both Westerville and Sichuan to:

* Gain a unique global education;

* Experience and reflect on culture and diversity;

* Acquire global competency and tolerance; and

* Experience a unique technological form of learning.

For more information about World Wise Schools, visit the video link http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/videos/introductionvideo/.