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After school program goes global

Students, families treated to multi-cultural event
By Tanya Mitchell | Apr 17, 2014
Photo by: Tanya Mitchell Student Sara-Jo Richeson and her dance partner, Alicia Greene, make their way through the alley comprised of fellow contra dancers at Ames School Thursday night, April 10.

Searsmont — Students involved in the Ames and Weymouth after school program hosted a multicultural party at the Ames School Thursday night, April 10, an event featuring dancing, food and games from all over the world.

After School Site Coordinator Tammi Grass said the party marked the end of the students' studies about a variety of world cultures, a unit that began in mid-March. As part of the program, Grass said, local contra dance caller Chrissy Fowler visited with the students weekly to teach them a variety of dances originating from Quebec, Denmark, Russia and Israel.

Girl Scout Troop 979 joined the students in the festivities Thursday, as did parents of children at both elementary schools.

After about an hour of practicing their dance moves, the students welcomed parents, siblings and grandparents to join them on the dance floor. In addition, Grass said, the families were encouraged to try a variety of foods originating from different countries, and were invited to participate in a French game.

Grass said the multicultural studies, especially the dance instruction, has given some students the chance to shine.

"I've seen kids who are so shy in the classroom come out of their shells," said Grass.

Olivia Blood is all smiles as she spins and twirls across the floor. (Photo by: Tanya MItchell)
Local contra dance caller Chrissy Fowler, center, leads the children in a dance. (Photo by: Tanya MItchell)
Abby Hunt-Macleod and After School Program Site Coordinator Tammi Grass face each other and point their fingers as part of a Russian-inspired dance. (Photo by: Tanya MItchell)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Dorothy Hiebert Odell | Apr 21, 2014 16:50

Is this how life should be, or what!  Just one more example of how well our schools are doing.

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