Sunnyside students put on International Festival
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.
Gabriel Warner was serving guacamole and corn chips at the Mexican kiosk.