This fall Des Moines’ Morris Elementary School invited CultureALL to provide workshops for their weekly 21st Century Community Learning Center after school program every Wednesday from 2:00-4:00 pm. Each week features different interactive presentations; two CultureALL Ambassadors facilitate separate workshops each week – one for students in grades K-2 and one for students in grades 3-5. Workshops can take students on a musical tour of Mexico or teach them about Kenyan beading traditions by making their own jewelry along with many other unique cultural experiences.
CultureALL Ambassador Pragnya Yogesh (pictured above) led a workshop on the classical, folk and Bollywood dances of India last week. The Dandiya Raas places dance partners in a circle where they learn footwork and actions with brightly colored Dandiya sticks. She teaches dance moves and their meanings – like a head movement to say good morning. A fourth grader quipped, “Sometimes we just say, ‘Wassup.'”
With CultureALL Ambassador Josie Shaw (below), students used colored cereal loops to make Kenyan-style jewelry.
Ambassador Phoebe Liang D’Allessando brought her mother along for her workshop on Chinese food and culture.
With Ambassador Julie Hayes, students learned songs and dances from the Philippines.
With CultureALL Ambassador Pragnya Yogesh, students also learned an Indian variation of tinikling:
The program is ongoing and will continue until December 14 for this session; new Ambassadors with new workshops will educate and entertain Morris students again after the first of the year. Morris Elementary Dean of Students Anita Smith said, “Students are excited about what they learn each week and what is coming up next.”
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