Metro Schools students spend spring break learning about different religions

While some students are spending spring break at the beach or on a road trip, one group of Metro Schools students decided to spend their time off in a different way: taking a journey through Nashville's places of worship. Forty-five high school students spent a day visiting faith centers in Nashville and learning about different religions. The trip included stops at First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill; Sri Ganesha Temple; Congregation Micah and the Islamic Center of Nashville where the students learned about the Baha'i faith, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.

Here's a peek at part of the tour:

"Events like this is an opportunity to create multicultural awareness so that we can help foster a better understanding toward the diversity that exists in our city and in this case our school system, which is one of the most diverse districts in the nation," Rashed Fakhruddin, the president of the Islamic Center of Nashville and organizer of the tour, told the Tennessean.

The learning tour complements what Metro Schools students learn in the classroom as part of Tennessee State Standards. "Comparing and contrasting religions are part of the state standards for social studies," said Todd Wigginton, director of instruction for Metro Schools.

"Cultural influences are also included in the standards," added Jill Petty, director of secondary literacy for Metro Schools. "The standards set an expectation for knowledge and understanding of various types of global influences and having a basic understanding of the religions practiced in our area contribute to our students’ awareness of their own community."

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