By WVUA 23 Reporter Maria Blough

<p class=”x_MsoNormal”>Oakdale Elementary wants to turn their students into global leaders. One of their classes is trying to do that one friendship at a time.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>A class full of first graders adopted a classroom almost 10,000 miles away in Lagos, Nigeria.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>“It makes the children aware that what is going on here is something that they have in common with what’s going on in different cities or different countries, or also what the challenges are in other places that we may not face,” said Melissa Kent, the librarian at Oakdale Elementary.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>Since the students couldn’t travel to Nigeria to experience the country firsthand, Nigeria came to them.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>Some University of Alabama students from the African nation visited the students to teach them about their home country.</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>“Diversity is one very, very good thing,” said Olugbenro Ogunrinde, a Nigerian doctoral student at UA. “As much as we want to talk about where we come from, it’s a place that everybody needs to know about.”</p><p class=”x_MsoNormal”>Oakdale’s first grade class has already sent their adopted class some books. There next plan is to send them a handwritten letter.</p>

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