First Grade "Around the World" with Globe Trot Scott

Annual Tradition Takes Students On A Holiday Journey
Traditions enhance our sense of community on campus. Excitement builds in the first grade this time of year, as students (and teachers) never know when a package from Globe Trot Scott (GTS) may arrive.  

Beginning in early December, the Around the World unit is introduced with a poem about a little boy named Globe Trot Scott, an avid traveler who journeys around the world to find out how holidays are celebrated. 

Upon arrival, each package contains information about a country’s celebrations and a “souvenir” with items to make a craft. Students have made a small drum that hang on Christmas trees in Uganda; a paper puppet and red envelopes with “coins” of kind words to celebrate the Lunar New Year (China); a mobile with the crescent moon and stars to celebrate Eid (Jordan), a small piñata to celebrate Las Posadas (Mexico); a dreidel to celebrate Hannukah (Israel), a paper gingerbread to celebrate Christmas (Germany); and a lantern to celebrate Diwali (India). 

Students read a letter from Globe Trot Scott, find the country on a map, fill out a travel journal and watch a presentation about the country. Online students are enjoying this holiday adventure, too, receiving packages at home and joining others online in breakout rooms to create their souvenirs. What a terrific Cooper holiday tradition.

Each of the three Division Heads of The John Cooper School will give informative evening presentations in 2021 online on January 19, 20 and 21 for families who are interested in learning more about applying to the school. The administrators will discuss the curriculum and programs that lead Cooper students on the path “from curiosity to wisdom.” All information sessions will begin at 6 p.m. and pre-registration is required by going online at or by emailing