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Shiloh students enjoy traditional Japanese ceremonial tea

Members of the Japanese Association of Charlotte treat students in Shiloh Elementary’s After School Program to ceremonial Japanese tea. Dressedin authentic Japanese kimonos, the members served Japanese sweets and green tea. Sixty-seven students, in grades K-5, took part in the activity, which occurred during a recent teacher workday.

Members of the Japanese Association of Charlotte treated students in Shiloh Elementary’s After School Program to ceremonial Japanese tea recently.
   
The members wore authentic Japanese kimonos and served Japanese sweets and green tea. The gym area was set up as if the tea was being held outside, complete with a traditional Japanese-style umbrella.
   
Sixty-seven students, in grades K-5, took part in the activity, which occurred during a recent teacher workday. The members of the Japanese Association took six to seven children at a time for the first couple of groups, and then increased the number in each group until all students and staff members had participated and had tasted everything.
   
The After School Program normally operates in the afternoon from the time school lets out until 6 p.m. However, on teacher workdays the program offers full-day childcare from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
   
When students attend a full day, program coordinator Vickie Johnson and her staff try to schedule either a field trip or a visit by different groups so students will have something special to do for the day.
   
Shiloh’s After School Program attempts to mirror the school system’s focus on global connections, Johnson said.
 

Written by: Karen Smith, administrative assistant, UCPS After School Program
Posted: Apr 19, 2010 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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