Northmor students Skype to China for lesson in culture
By Jackie Tupps, Asst. Elementary Secretary, Northmor Elementary -
Sixth grade students at Northmor Elementary School skyped to Beijing, China before winter break. Mr. Thew, the sixth grade math teacher, treated the students to a lesson in Chinese customs and culture through his wife, Jessica, and sister, Susan Smith. They spoke about their visits to Tian’an Men Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, and the Olympic Village. Students questions included money exchange, food, models of cars most driven, and how the city was decorated for Christmas.
The reason for the trip to China is adoption. Jessica and Jared Thew are adopting a thirty-four month old girl named, Cleo. From Beijing, Jessica and Susan will fly to Nanning Guangxi China to Cleo’s province city to meet her and file all in-country adoption paperwork. They spend six days waiting on paperwork and sightseeing. Jessica met her daughter for the first time on Christmas Eve. On December 28th, they flew to Guangzhou where they stayed in the Garden Hotel and wait on all Visa and Citizenship proceedings to take place. If all goes as planned, the Visa package will be available on January 3rd and they will fly home on the 4th.
Jared and all five of Cleo’s siblings are at home waiting for their safe arrival. Congratulations to the Thew family and thanks for sharing your story.