Maine East Italian students take culinary voyage

Apr 03, 2018 735

“Unforgettable”, “exciting”, “informative” and “fun” are several adjectives Maine East Italian 1-4 students used to describe their field trip to Barilla (the number one pasta company in America) at their North American Headquarters in Northbrook. As an Italian teacher, I wanted to provide students with an opportunity that would highlight how knowing and using Italian can help them in the professional world.

So, I contacted Mrs. Wilkens, one of our Career Pathways coordinators, to help me plan this trip and she helped establish the relationship and organize the field trip with our class goals in mind. Immediately upon arriving on campus, we felt the warmth of being part of an Italian “famiglia” as we were welcomed by Ms. Laura Birk, Vice President of Human Resources, and given a tour. Students walked down Heritage Hallway which was a visual depiction of the company’s history. 

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