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Cuthbertson Cluster Hosts International Festival

CHS HOSA members share information about their Heifer International project at the Cuthbertson cluster International Festival. Pictured is senior Leah Aktabowski, junior Hannah Mulready, sophomores Courtney Schepel and Sam Johnson, and junior Bijan Razavi.

The Cuthbertson cluster schools joined their students, staff, and families for an exciting and fun-filled International Fair on March 27, 2012. New Town Elementary, Kensington Elementary, Cuthbertson Middle, and Cuthbertson High all participated in the event, held at CHS. It featured projects and displays, interactive stations, craft opportunities, musical performances, delicious food, and much more! “The schools had all done individual fairs in the past and decided this year to have one cluster international fair for our entire community,” said CHS Assistant Principal, Ms. Kim Warr.

Students and families from all four schools enjoyed the evening with various activities to choose from and explore. The two elementary schools focused their displays on the study of various countries. New Town’s displays featured projects from their study of countries such as Greece, Ireland, Mexico, and China. At one booth students could create booklets that explained the Five Constant Virtues of China: Benevolence, Righteousness, Propriety, Wisdom, and Fidelity. Kensington Elementary displayed projects from countries including Switzerland, New Zealand, Holland, England and the Philippines.

Cuthbertson Middle School offered activities and displays focused on their school-wide reading selection, Lost Boy, Lost Girl – Escaping Civil War in Sudan, written by John Bul Dau. The video “The Lost Boys of Sudan” was available along with videos of the middle schoolers singing African songs, including one song in Swahili. An African village created by the students was on display complete with clay cows and huts. At one booth students could create dolls. CMS Principal Dr. Laurel Healy was there to assist. "According to the novel," Dr. Healy said, "the dolls that the girls played with were usually handmade by their mothers from old clothes. Many of the Sudanese girls lost their parents during the civil war so it was very upsetting if a girl lost their doll while they were walking as refugees to camps. It was often the only thing they possessed that had been made for them by their mothers." At a “Hunger Station,” students had the opportunity to compare what we eat in a week to what the people of Sudan eat in a week - which was shockingly less than what you would expect.

Cuthbertson High offered booths with activities and displays sponsored by various clubs and organizations. The CHS Film Production class displayed their global tours videos. HOSA displayed their Heifer International Project. A hands-on mural activity was sponsored by the Mural Club in which students had to put together a giant painted mural which had been cut into squares. An ecological footprint project was displayed in which students evaluated how many worlds it would take to sustain life if everyone in the world lived exactly as we did, consuming the same amounts of environmental resources that do. Freshman Carson McGee noted, “If everyone lived like we do, it really wouldn’t work. We need to be more conservative.” The New Global Citizens club was on hand auctioning various items to benefit the House of Hope project in Uganda. Crafts such as origami, papercutting, German school cones, and papel picado (Mexican perforated paper) were popular with all ages. Food representing many cultures was available from Moe’s, Brooklyn Pizza, Panda, Hot Wok, Grand Asian Market, and Zoey’s Kitchen. International songs such as “Wavin’ Flag” were performed by students from all four schools.

“Overall the event was a huge success for our community. It was a really good way for all four schools to come together to showcase and highlight the ways we help our students connect to the world,” said Ms. Warr.

Written by: Paula White
Posted: Apr 23, 2012 by Paula White

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