Global Studies Students Visit Islamic Mosque

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Visiting the mosque in Colchester are: kneeling, Paytyn Pope, Sam Warren and Hannah Buck; front row standing, Seamus Powers, George Turnbaugh, Luke McCarthy, Devon Boardman, Devin Brown, Amber Grady and Cora Chase; back row, Kanon Cole, Cooper Lantagne, Mason Castle, Imam Islam Hassan, Kelli Kazmarksi and Leah Benedict.

As part of the eighth-grade Global Studies class, Thaddeus Stevens School students traveled to Colchester recently to visit the mosque of the Islamic Society of Vermont.

Students observed Friday prayers and had an opportunity to meet and talk with several members of the mosque community, many of whom are refugees from countries such as Yemen, Somalia and Bosnia. Students also met with Imam Islam Hassan, who graciously spent an extended period of time talking with students about Islam in Vermont and America, and answering many questions.

Teacher Kelli Kazmarski says,"It is very much in keeping with our mission to create global citizens who seek out opportunities to learn about the world beyond their personal borders." Students welcomed the opportunity to hear first about the beliefs and practices of the world's fastest growing religion.

Trips to Karme Choling, Beth el Synagogue, and a Congregational Church are all part of the program.

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