The International Association of School Librarianship’s Bookmark Exchange Project is exposing Davis Academy sixth-graders to student life in Portugal, Romania, Hungary and Russia.

The students exchange bookmarks and letters with assigned partner schools. The Davis students learn about different customs and teach their international peers about their background and the English language.

The project is an avenue through which Davis sixth-graders identify with students around the globe.

“Our world has become globally connected. It has become more important that we help our students to understand there is no ‘us’ and ‘them.’ There is only we,” sixth-grade language arts and digital studio teacher Missy Stein said about why she selected the program. “Students in other countries with other cultures are just that — students, people, human. As we get to know one another as individuals, we see that only by working on the human level can we hope to change the world.”