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Giant traveling map of Europe coming to Tibbott Elementary School

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 9:51 a.m. CDT

BOLINGBROOK — J.R. Tibbott Elementary School students will soon depart on an international field trip when one of the world’s largest European maps arrives April 22.

The National Geographic Traveling Map of Europe, measuring 26 feet by 26 feet, will enable students to embark on a mock tour of the world’s second smallest continent, while learning about its rich history and diverse geography. Designed for grades K-8, the map will be on loan to Tibbott through April 27.

The vibrant vinyl map, made possible through National Geographic’s Giant Traveling Maps program and managed by National Geographic Live, will guide students through lessons and fun activities related to Europe’s climate, natural resources, famous landmarks, demographics and more. Teachers will be provided with a trunk of accessories designed to enhance the lessons and encourage student engagement in content-rich games suitable for various age groups and class sizes. 

“The Europe map is an important and exciting addition to our ever-expanding roster of Giant Traveling Maps,” said Dan Beaupré, National Geographic’s director of education partnerships for National Geographic Live. “We believe this giant map will be an effective tool in enlivening the study of Europe’s geography and history for both students and teachers.”       

Bringing the map to Tibbott is part of a larger multicultural program at the Bolingbrook school that study which will culminate on May 10 in a festival of music, dance, and crafts made possible through a grant provided by the Valley View Educational Enrichment Foundation

To learn more about the Giant Traveling Maps project or to download map activities, visit

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