by Susan O’Neill
PIE Club (Partners in International Education) student members will travel to Denmark this fall to meet their counterparts at the Vestre Skole High School.
During last year’s election, Kaneland High School PIE Club members and those in government classes shared information with the Danish students about American politics and how citizens in the United States elected their president.
When the two groups meet this fall, the students will conduct presentations about what it is like to grow up in their respective homelands.
The PIE Club was started after a group of nine Kaneland High School students traveled to Romania in October 2005 to compare model ideal cities each group had created. The exchange between students from a school in Sibiu and students from Kaneland was sponsored by Northern Illinois University’s Economics Department.
According to Kaneland High School driver’s education teacher and PIE Club sponsor Brian Willis, the trip was so successful that the extracurricular club was created to continue to foster these types of relationships with students in other countries and to encourage the exchange of cultures and curriculum.
Since then, the PIE club has hosted 11 students from the Romanian school at homes in the Kaneland area and worked with students in Australia. The opportunity to work with the Danish school came about when Danish school personnel visited the New Lennox School District last fall to learn more about the U.S. educational system.
Willis met with the Danish teachers and they decided each would benefit from a joint project.
The club will hold fundraisers this summer and fall to obtain money for the trip.