Sun­ny­side stu­dents put on In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val

Stanstead Journal - - LEN OXVILLE NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

Stu­dents played African drums as their peers and some par­ents vis­ited the dif­fer­ent kiosks.

The won­der­ful aroma of an In­dian curry dish was the first thing I no­ticed when I vis­ited Sun­ny­side El­e­men­tary on Tues­day, mak­ing me re­gret that I had just fin­ished lunch. The curry and rice was be­ing served by a fifth grader dressed in In­dian cos­tume. The sounds of African drum­ming drew vis­i­tors down the hall to where other kiosks were set up, each high­light­ing a dif­fer­ent coun­try as part of Sun­ny­side’s first In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val.

Each kiosk was cre­ated by a group of stu­dents, one from each level, so not only did the stu­dents learn about other coun­tries and some of their cus­toms, they also learnt a lit­tle about work­ing with peo­ple of dif­fer­ent ages.

A sense of ex­cite­ment was in the air as the stu­dents got to visit other kiosks and try out some in­ter­na­tional cui­sine while learn­ing a lit­tle about the other coun­tries. Gabriel Warner, dressed in a pon­cho and Mex­i­can som­brero, said he was sur­prised when he learnt how poor peo­ple were in Mex­ico from two Stanstead Col­lege stu­dents who spoke to his class the day be­fore.

At the kiosk for Ja­pan, David Wil­cox was serv­ing up rice and green tea cake, which was de­li­cious. Prin­ci­pal Elaine BaylisCreary headed up the stu­dents from that kiosk. Tris­tan Buzzell, whose coun­try was China, ex­plained the Yin Yang sym­bol to me as his fel­low stu­dents, Diana Call­away and Abby Wade, got into a dragon cos­tume. Jor­dan Goyette said hello to me in Greek as she talked me into try­ing the tzaziki and pita chips at her kiosk. “I was sur­prised to learn that Greece was five thou­sand years old!” said Jor­dan.

Many other coun­tries were rep­re­sented at the fes­ti­val, such as Italy, Switzer­land, Australia, South Korea, Hol­land, Thai­land and even Canada! At the Cana­dian kiosk things were get­ting a lit­tle messy as stu­dents tried out one of our favourite treats: pieces of pan­cake dipped in maple syrup!

And what would an in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val be with­out some Bollywood danc­ing, pro­vided by a pair of en­thu­si­as­tic stu­dents with the right moves.

photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Gabriel Warner was serv­ing gua­camole and corn chips at the Mex­i­can kiosk.

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