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Kids share culture at Heritage Festival

Trinity Classical first-graders learn about their ancestors

Posted: December 22, 2008 8:47 p.m.
Updated: December 23, 2008 4:30 a.m.

Hope Peacock and Gregory Salazar sample some of the delectable offerings at Trinity Classical Academy's first grade Heritage Festival.

The Trinity Classical Academy first-graders recently celebrated the conclusion of their studies about their various heritages with a Heritage Festival.

"Each year our Trinity first graders learn about where their ancestors are from and share their findings with their classmates," said Trinity first-grade teacher, Nicole Fletcher.

"The students identify all the countries that make up their heritage and select one to present to the class in further detail."

The students make a presentation in front of the class about when their family came to America, what languages they speak, their favorite cultural traditions and what kinds of food come from each country, she said.

"It is a great way for students to connect with their parents and grandparents, learn about other cultures from their classmates and learn a great deal about geography as well," Fletcher said.

The unit concludes with a huge Heritage Feast with fellow classmates and parents.

This year the students were treated to traditional foods from around the world including fried plantains from the Dominican Republic, enchiladas from Mexico, bangers and mash from Great Britain and pretzels and Schnitzel from Germany to name a few.

It was a wonderful afternoon spent tasting different foods and discussing different traditions from all over the world.

"I just love Trinity's approach to teaching the students about all their subjects," says Trinity parent, Marian Salazar.

"It is always so inventive and experiential and the children just love it. It also gave us a wonderful opportunity to discuss our unique heritage with all of our children."


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