National Geographic : 1996 Feb
The seventh graders in Barbara Garrison's English class learn a lesson in tolerance by join ing in celebrations from around the world. Chinese New Year brings Good Luck Candy and lotus seeds. Burning incense marks the start of Ramadan, the Islamic Holy Month. At Kwanzaa time, an African American festival, traditional foods are sampled, like "Hopping John" and ground nut soup. Mrs. Garrison hopes this taste of world culture will help her students become more respectful of other ways of life. For opening the minds (and mouths) of young people, and for confronting prejudices where they start, State Farm is pleased to present the Good Neighbor Award to Barbara Garrison of San Diego's Mar Vista Middle School, along with $5,000 to the educa tional institution of her choice. GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARD STATE FARM INSURANCE COMPANY Home Offices: Bloomington, Illinois The Good Neighbor Award was developed in cooperation with the National Council of Teachers of English.