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Eastern Christian recently celebrated the cultural diversity of the Middle School with our 5th Annual International Day. We kicked off the event with an International Buffet. Seeing the tables covered with food, it quickly becomes clear what a diverse student body we have! There were dishes from The Dominican Republic, Portugal, Poland, the Ukraine, Italy, France, Korea, Mexico, Germany, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Ireland, Holland, and so many more!

Over 35 families brought in foods – most from their heritage, some from other cultures that their families enjoy. InternationalDay-6790Students and staff enjoyed the food and the variety of choices. After filling their plates the first time, many came back for second helpings, and continued picking at the leftovers as they enjoyed the afternoon’s activities. Many parents volunteered to help set, serve, and clean-up the tables – they were amazing! 

After lunch, each student received their passport and itinerary. Their personalized itinerary led them to four of twelve different countries where they learned about and played games from those cultures. They played Bocce in Italy, Mancala in Africa, Yut-Nori in Korea, Dosenfussball in Germany, Badminton in England, and made Oragami butterflies and animals in Japan. Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the day.

Activities from the afternoon:

  • Africa – Mancala
  • Aruba/Brazil/USA – Pele/Posty (Hopscotch) / Escatumbararibe (Clapping/Cup game)
  • Canada – Hockey
  • China/Netherlands – Chinese Jump rope/Double Dutch, Philippines -Tininkling
  • China – Chinese Shuttlecock Kicking, Hacky Sack
  • England – Badminton
  • France – Charades
  • Germany / Spain – Dosenfussball / El Dote (Kick the Can)
  • Italy – Bocce
  • Japan – Oragami
  • Korea/Ancient Cultures – Yut Nori (Board game) – Kongki Noli, Jacks
  • USA / Italy / Korea – Chinese Checkers / Dominoes / Omok

Food Selection:

  • Guava & Cheese
  • empanadas and a sweet plantain pastelon
  • Linguica – Portuguese Sausage
  • Kielbasa & Sauerkraut
  • tres leches cake
  • Irish Soda Bread
  • Rice Pudding
  • Fish cakes
  • quiche
  • Flan
  • Pita pizza
  • Crepes
  • Lasagna & Gelatto
  • Whoopie Cookies
  • Pigs in a Blanket
  • sticky seek rice ball
  • potato pancakes
  • Cookies
  • pierogies
  • chicken/corn empanadas
  • beef (7&8th) & pork (5&6th) dish
  • French mac and cheese and mixed vegetable rice
  • Tomato with eggs
  • Kielbasa
  • Almond Tart
  • Potato Salad
  • Irish Stew
  • Poppyseed loaf & honey
  • Jap Chae
  • Almond Bars
  • Almond dessert
  • Perogi
  • indonesian crackers
  • Tomato/Mozz
  • almond tarts & cheese
  • german apple crisp
  • Cake pops