DeForest area middle and high school students participated in the 21st annual German Day on Thursday, April 29, hosted by the Department of German and the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Over 500 students and teachers from 50 Wisconsin high schools and middle schools traveled to the Memorial Union on the UW-Madison campus to compete in contests involving posters, videos, recitations, skits and more in German, around themes from fairytales. Events were judged by faculty, staff, and students of German at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
German Day is one of many activities that the Department of German puts on in its ongoing commitment to working with schools in their efforts to improve the teaching of German in Wisconsin. This year’s competition motto recognized the cooperation between Dane County and its sister county in Germany, Landkreis Kassel: “Es war einmal … Deutsch kann märchenhaft sein” “Once upon a time … German can be like a fairytale.” Dane County’s sister city, Kassel, is the home of Wilhelm and Jakob Grimm of Grimm’s fairytale collection.
German Day has become a regular part of the calendar of events for both the university and secondary schools in Wisconsin. For further information contact Charles J. James at firstname.lastname@example.org.