Harlan Independent School District had an exciting opportunity for their students on April 11 as they had a Danish high school visit the district.
The Danish high school, Hans Herred Efterskole, presented a gymnastics program for students in the morning and then participated in planned intercultural activities with the high school students throughout the day. Students in the gifted leadership program assisted with the intercultural events, program presentation and tour of the school.
The day ended with the Harlan Music Department performing for Hans Herred Efterskole. Principal Britt Lawson stated, “It creates such an incredible atmosphere to have them on campus with us. I feel it greatly benefits both set of students. The connections that are made help increase global competency and social awareness. Our students walk away in one day learning more about Denmark and their culture than we could teach in a week.”
Hans Herred Efterskole is located in Fjerritslev, Denmark. This is the third year the school has visited Harlan Independent School District and this year brought a group of 118 students and 17 faculty. They specifically requested to be able to come back to Harlan this year.
Harlan High School was one stop on a visit the Danish High School make to the U.S. through connections with Berea College. They first toured Washington, D.C., then made their way to Kentucky on April 9 where they visited and stayed at Pine Mountain Settlement School. They spent the entire day of April 11 with HHS.