Students learn about diversity with Museum & School Partnership

BALTIMORE - Students at City Springs Elementary Middle School in East Baltimore have a different classroom.  They are touring the Jewish Museum of Maryland. It's only a few steps from their school building.

It's part of the Museum School Partnership for students pre-k to 12th grade.

"We are a multi-cultural world. We are a world with different people and it's important to have diversity.  You need to respect diversity and we are teaching our neighbors about who we are," said Ilene Dackman-Alon with the Jewish Museum of Maryland.

The Jewish Museum of Maryland has teamed up with  Baltimore City Schools to teach students about a different culture.  This education program offers a look at Jewish customs, historic synagogues and food.

"It's really important for children to see how other people live and how other people celebrate.  I think it's a great opportunity and it's literally two minutes away from the school and where the kids live," said Cara Chambers, teacher with City Springs Elementary Middle School.

City Springs Elementary Middle School is a Charter School.  Administrators pride themselves on teaching students about diversity.

"I think it's also important to not only learn about the differences, but to also understand the similarities," said Rhonda Richetta, Principal at City Springs Elementary Middle School.

Students are enjoying the learning experience.

"It's really great," said Raven Smith, second grader at City Springs.

"I am having fun," said Rasheed Carter, second grader at City Springs.

The Jewish Museum of Maryland works with Baltimore City Schools on education field trips for students, even fully subsidizing the costs including bus transportation to help ensure students receive a diverse education.

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