Nontraditional teachings

MERCEDES — What are the most important movies from the 1970s you need to put on your bucket list to watch before graduation?

“Apocalypse Now?” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind?” “The Godfather?”

The first one’s a war movie, a rather disturbing one at that, and then you have a science fiction flick about aliens landing. And last, but not least, is the movie about a bunch of Mafiosos shooting it out. How to decide, thought Caelan Mitchell-Bennett, 17, a senior at the Science Academy of South Texas.

Caelan was helping a teacher create a presentation for “Exploration Day,” which was held Friday at the school. Each classroom had a different presentation by a student or a teacher. The presentations included cooking classes, an Indian martial arts session, and knitting lessons. The event is held periodically at the school.

“We take a day off from regular school, and teachers and students teach classes on subjects that are not their normal subjects but are of interest to them,” said Caelan, of Harlingen. “Right now I just got done attending a class on medieval war strategy games. We played board games the whole time.”

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