Kansas City, March 13, 2017: Border Star Montessori School students shone bright at the 2017 Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) Upper Elementary Conference March 8-11 in New York City.
About 25 Border Star students represented Russia and Japan as mock delegates. They joined hundreds of other upper elementary students and participated in debates at the United Nations headquarters, presentations about their nations, breakout sessions, tours of UN facilities and meetings with real UN employees.
Two Border Star sixth graders, Verena Im and Amaya Slaughter, were selected to speak in front of the entire General Assembly. The whole trip was a unique and inspiring experience for all of the students, according to parent Angie Lile, who was one of the chaperones.
“We are very thankful to our Kansas City Public Schools for providing such an enriching and enlightening real-world experience for our students,” Ms. Lile said. “This is what makes our public schools great!”
The conference is part of an annual trip that culminates Border Star’s social studies unit for sixth graders. The students study their chosen nations throughout the school year leading up to the conference.
Maria Montessori, who pioneered the Montessori educational method, was a strong supporter of the UN and other international peace efforts, according to the MMUN website. The conference was started to honor her legacy and provide an opportunity for Montessori students to get hands-on experience with the work of building accord.