Friday, May 25, was the last day of school for children attending Denver Public Schools. But rather than spend their day waiting for school to end, a class of third grade students from Cheltenham Elementary School had the opportunity to do something they might never have dreamed possible. They got to “rub elbows” with students from St. Luke’s and Moreland Primary schools in London, comparing notes on such things as living in their respective cities, foods they eat and other cultural topics in a 60 minute Q&A session that was conducted via video conference.
Students on both sides of the pond were stationed in Hogan Lovells conference rooms for the event. Mary Waters, Hogan Lovells office administrator in Denver, was excited about the opportunity to help leverage the firm’s international status to facilitate this program. The Denver office has mentored Cheltenham for more than eight years, supporting the school financially, conducting supplies drives, tutoring students and offering educational sessions about the government and civil rights. The London office has conducted a similar mentoring program with St. Luke’s and Moreland Primary.