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Chinese students visit elementary in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The largest battle of the American Civil War came to life today on the playground of an elementary school in Brunswick. The reenactment of the Battle of Gettysburg was part of 5th grade project.

It's the most famous and most important Civil War battle.

Using wooden guns loaded with flour to look like gunsmoke.. these 5th graders at Stowe Elementary are taking their roles in the battle of Gettysburg very seriously.

These 5th graders are studying the Civil War. Something this student feels every student should learn about.

Confederate and Union soldiers engage in hand to hand combat, depicting Pickett's charge the third and final day of the battle..

Among the crowds gathered to watch a piece of history come alive, a group of 9 and 10 years old from Jinhua Elementary school in China. As part of a cultural exchange program, the students and their teachers are learning about American culture here in Maine. The Chinese students and teachers lived with host families throughout the community. They also visited museums at Bowdoin College and spent time at the Joshua Chamberlin House. 10-year old Mark is staying with 11-year old Sean Lyne. Besides playing games and enjoying pizza, Mark is teaching Sean how to count in Chinese.

Even though the group spoke only a little English it didn't prevent two very different cultures from learn about each other. Students and teachers plan to keep in touch by Skype and email and there is a possibility more Chinese students will come back to Maine in the future.


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