• School-Age Services students create world tour

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    Kindergarten through fifth-grade students in School-Age Services researched 10 countries — Puerto Rico, Russia, Ireland, Guam, China, Mexico, Germany, South Korea, Japan and the United States — and displayed their findings to parents and other students for a Cultural Connections Around the World event March 2 at Osage Child Development Center.
    As visitors came in, they picked up a passport and got a stamp for each country they visited. To prepare for the event, along with the research, the children also participated in cooking activities for their chosen country to further immerse themselves in the culture, said Carrie Bradke, Child and Youth Services training specialist.
    Several of the displays included famous foods from each country, including Black Forest cake from Germany, lumpia from Guam, rice balls from Japan, black sugar candy from South Korea, and pelmeni from Russia.
    “I didn’t think the kids would like it but they really, really like it,” Elizabeth Allen, child and youth program assistant, said of the pelmeni.
    The children also tracked their chosen countries during the 2018 Winter Olympics and noted how many medals their countries won.
    “That way they could be involved with the Olympics because it’s a current event and be more engaged with it,” said Tammy Schatzel, homework lab technician at Osage CDC.
    Schatzel said the event also helped teach the children that the Fort Leavenworth community is extremely diverse.
    “I think we live in a global society and, especially here at Fort Leavenworth, because we have the opportunity to interact with so many international officers, because of the Command and General Staff College, it really gives them a good sense of what a global community the military is,” she said.
    Allen agreed with Schatzel.
    “Not only are we military, it helps when we have foreign exchange students that come in (and) it shows the other children a little bit about their culture. It gets them interested in just their livelihood and what goes on. It can also get them interested in picking up different languages,” she said.
    The children had different reasons for why they chose their particular countries to study.
    “I picked the United States because it’s my favorite country. I was born in Kansas, I know a lot about it, I love the foods and it’s really fun to learn about it,” said Rylie Beasley, a third-grader at Eisenhower Elementary School.
    Eisenhower third-grader Emilie Roque said she chose Japan because she hoped to visit it someday.
    “(Japan) has all my favorite animals,” she said. “I like the red panda, the Haki dog and it has all my favorite foods like sushi (and) rice balls.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Bradley Elementary School second-grader Braydon Morgan said he chose South Korea because he and his family lived there when he was younger.
    “I remember they had really good ice cream,” he said.
    Roshely Reyes Rivera, a fourth-grader at MacArthur said Puerto Rico is a special country for her.
    “(Puerto Rico) is where I was born and we all chose this country because it’s really special to us,” She said. “We love this country.”
    Reyes Rivera said there were two things she was surprised to learn about Puerto Rico.
    “I didn’t know Puerto Rico actually got a bunch of queens — two Miss World and five Miss Universe winners — I did not know that,” she said. “Also, I learned that the really famous sport is horse racing. I thought it was soccer.”
    Bradke said the event was a success all around.
    “I think it went great. We got wonderful feedback from our parents of how educational it was and how interesting (it was that) the kids took the cultural connections and ran with it,” she said. “The kids loved it. They’ve already asked when we are doing it again, and they really enjoyed learning about different countries and connecting it to the Olympics.”
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