Pupils get a taste of different cultures


March 19, 2001|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

LOCAL schoolchildren had a glimpse of other cultures March 9 at two events with international flair.

International Night gave parents and children at Worthington Elementary School a chance to experience food, games and crafts from other countries. And youths at Dunloggin Middle School learned about Kenya and collected school supplies for the African nation during Kenya Day.

International Night, organized by Mindy Lovalvo of the PTA, started about 6:30 at the school. Food was in the cafeteria, games were in the gym, and arts and crafts were in the music room.

One of the most popular games was koke-lah-chew-PAH-tee -- that's the phonetic spelling -- a Pakistani game similar to duck-duck-goose, Lovalvo said.

"Even the big kids were doing it," she said.

Other games included Ukrainian dominoes and tapatan, a Philippine version of tic-tac-toe.

Children who preferred arts and crafts could make a Brazilian flute from drinking straws. The straws were cut at an angle and at different heights. The shorter the straw the higher the pitch.

Making worry dolls (from Central America) and Egyptian paper bead necklaces were also popular.

Food included flautas (like tortillas) from Mexico, guava paste from Cuba and hummus from Lebanon.

This was the second year for the event. Lovalvo said she planned for the crafts and games by reading books about different cultures. Her efforts paid off.

"Everybody said they had a good time," she said. "I actually got phone calls over the weekend telling me how nice it was and how well-organized."

Kenya Day at Dunloggin Middle School was part of a statewide initiative sponsored by the Red Cross.

As part of the program, participating schools are given a large empty chest and challenged to fill it with school supplies for Kenya.

At Dunloggin, teachers Ron Fuss and Rosemarie Deming organized the activities.

Children in Fuss' social studies class painted a four-panel mural of Kenya, with panels devoted to people, land and climate, history and culture, and government and economy of the country.

Another of Fuss' social studies classes helped collect supplies for the chest. Seventh-graders held a talent show, with admission in the form of school supplies, Fuss said.

This week, the mural and the chest will go to Baltimore for the Red Cross' annual Service-Learning Conference on Thursday at Villa Julie College.

Students from around the state will deliver their school chests and participate in a celebration.

State School Superintendent Nancy S. Grasmick and Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend are scheduled to appear at the event.

Blue ribbon winners

Congratulations to Elkridge Landing Middle School children who won blue ribbons in the 13th annual Howard County Mathematics, Science and Technology Fair, held March 3 at Long Reach High School.

Among the winners were Mason Pfau in physics, Allie Perrelli in biology and Katie Rowe in the environmental category. Alex Arias and Guillermo Rey won first place in physics, and Nick Tomaszewski was a runner-up in the environmental category.

Pounds of food

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts in Howard County collected almost 9,000 pounds of food for the county's needy. The Scouts placed bags on doors with a request that the bags be filled with food. They returned to pick up the items.

Bob Naylor of the Community Action Council of Howard County Inc. said the food will feed about 130 families for a month through the council's food bank.

New e-mail address

By the way, I have a new e-mail address. It is ksnitkin@home.com. Keep those notices coming!

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