By Cady Kuzmich
Clifton Park — Shenendehowa hosted its sixth annual SHENsational Global Expo, Saturday March 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The district-wide event which was open to all grade levels, first originated in Shen’s Diversity Committee, created by Superintendent Robinson in 2008.
Shenendehowa’s Public Information Officer, Kelly DeFeciani, said the committee, “ is made up of parents, teachers, administrators, board members and community residents. The committee goal is to provide the community with knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of our richly diverse population.” She added, “As part of our effort to encourage increased understanding, they provide opportunities to experience multicultural education and entertainment, acknowledge diverse values, and prepare for more active participation in a global society.”
The school district’s Diversity Committee selected “One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia” as this year’s featured book. The story is about a woman in Njau, Gambia, who picks up and recycles litter, and in the process, brings her community together. Local artist, Liz Zunon, illustrated One Plastic Bag and spoke with students Saturday.
The World Awareness Children’s Museum of Glens Falls gave presentations on different fashions and clothing from around the globe. One presentation, “World Clothing: What should I wear?” focused on how a person’s location influences what they decide to wear and offered students a chance to try on clothes from faraway places, play games with international dolls and work on an art project. The museum’s second presentation, “Cultural Aspects of Clothing” featured interactive stations and activities which let students explore how culture, geography and climate impact the clothes we wear.
Melissa Leach, a local yoga instructor, also led an intergenerational yoga workshop at Saturday’s event.
According to Shenendehowa Public Information Officer, Kelly DeFeciani, “The World Village has 16 countries participating for an enhanced appreciation of the various cultures that make Shen great.”