During the last week of February, Cairn University sent a team to the annual SHARE Family Education Conference near Budapest, Hungary. SHARE Education Services is an organization founded to meet the unique educational needs of missionary families serving in eastern Europe and other areas of the world.
Every year, families travel to the conference to gain homeschooling resources, fill out diagnostic evaluations for struggling students, and complete standardized tests that keep children on track with North American school systems. SHARE also helps families with older children plan for college. While the parents attend workshops and consultations with professional educators, the children and teens enjoy a time of fun and learning in a group setting.
Dr. Judy Severns, a full-time missionary and adjunct professor in the School of Education, served as team leader for the group. Seniors Hannah Blackmer (candidate for certification in Mathematics 7-12 Education) and Lindsey D’Alessandro (candidate for certification in PK-4 Education) joined Dr. Severns and Mrs. Debbie Schrader (Academic Assistant in the School of Education) to serve in the children’s program for the week. The theme was “Ancient Egypt,” and children from ages 5-12 participated in hands-on learning activities to learn about life as a pharaoh and a slave through music, art, and special presentations.
The Cairn team enjoyed leading a simulated archaeological dig, employing their lesson-planning skills across a diverse group of learners. Parents and older teens also received information regarding Cairn University’s graduate and undergraduate programs. The team thanks the Lord for health, safe travels, and a time of rich connection with families who serve Him abroad.
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