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Students from Tanzania visit Milton's Fontbonne Academy

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  June 13, 2013 01:49 PM

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Fontbonne Academy played host to two students from Tanzania last week.

Rosemary Gregory and Dafini Dickson of St. Clare’s, an all-girls secondary school in Tanzania, visited classes with sophomore students who served as their guides.

Their chaperone, Justina Bazima, met with teachers and observed classes.

Fontbonne students greeted them with “karibu,” the Swahili word for “welcome” when they arrived.

Fontbonne alumna from the Class of 1958 and Walpole resident Jean Falvey arranged for the students to visit the United States and was their host.

For junior Danielle Diamond, one of the most memorable moments happened when the visitors spent time with the Fontbonne choruses.

The young women from Tanzania taught Fontbonne Academy’s Select and Gospel Choruses a traditional dance they often perform at occasions like weddings and birthdays.

In exchange, the Fontbonne students taught the visitors a South African hymn called “Siyahamba.”

“It was great to be able to learn so much from our visitors and to exchange learning through song and dance,” Diamond said.

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