GIRARD, KS.--- 1st graders at Haderlein Elementary in Girard are getting an early Christmas gift, a world tour courtesy of their teachers.
"Visiting different countries, and finding out what those countries do for Christmas that's maybe different from what we do here in America," states Nancy Bauer, Haderlein Elementary Teacher.
Thursday's trip took the kids to 4 stops.
"England, Italy, Mexico, and Mali which is in Africa," states Bauer.
Along with food, there was music, and of course, lessons about the different cultures.
"What did you learn about italy?"
"They put shoes up instead of stockings," states Rylee Brooks, 1st Grader.
"They used to put shoes out instead of stockings, and then a Christmas witch gave them stuff," states Ainsley Norton, 1st Grader.
"What did you learn about Mexico?"
"That they have a lot of different languages than we do, and that they go around and sing songs," says Norton.
The kids packed their suit cases, and even took passports with them on their virtual world tour, which is part of a larger program at the school called "Fun Friday."
"It's just a day where instead of going to computer, library, music, and P.E., they come in here and we do something fun and different. We try to make it educational also," states Bauer.
Fun Friday was held early this month because of the Christmas break. Teachers say they plan to keep holding it for the students at least through the end of the year.