Imagine traveling the world from the comforts of home.
But in this case, it was areas of Stella Brockman School serving as various countries of the globe at Wednesday’s Cultural Celebration event.
Throughout the day, kindergarten-through sixth-grade youngsters learned about the different cultures via arts and crafts, food, music and other hands-on activities led by the school’s junior high students.
“It was their project,” said event coordinator and chair person Laura Freret of the latter. “They did the research and served as tour guides and custom officials.”
The seventh- and eighth- grade students were also credited for public speaking based on the efforts from their presentation.
The Cultural Celebration tour consisted of six continents – Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and Oceania.
Oceania included New Zealand, Australia, the Micronesian Islands, and the Philippines.
“Since we have so many students here (of Filipino descent) we decided to put it with Oceania,” Freret said.
The K-6 students were provided with international passports. In turn, they had to do a little researching of their own.
Among the questions asked were: “In which country can you eat lumpia?”
(Answer: The Philippines)
“Where is the Taj Mahal?”
“What is the capital of Morocco?”
“What is the main religion of Cuba?”
Stella Brockman sixth-grade teacher Robin Alexander indicated that the event of the day helped fulfill the social studies curricular.
“But more importantly, it played a big part (for students) to better understand the various cultures while taking pride in their own,” she said.
Later that day, parents, guests and community members received a scaled-down version of the Cultural Celebration in the multi-purpose building.
It was there they had a chance to learn Salsa dancing steps, enjoy the music of a Mariachi band, or watch performances by Folklore dancers and the Sierra High’s Black Student Union, to name a few.
In addition, those attending took in the art display while sampling a variety of ethnic foods.