Students tour the world

Published 11:59 pm Friday, May 8, 2009

Friday, Andalusia Elementary School third graders got the chance to take a tour of six countries, and all without leaving the school building.

The students participated in “Feasting Around the World,” an annual event where the children had the opportunity to feast on various cuisines from the nations of Mexico, France, South Africa, Italy, England and Japan. The central hub of the school — its “town square” — was decorated with booths and items from each country, including models of landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the famous British red telephone booth.

During the months of April and May, the AES third graders learned about these six countries in their social studies classes. Friday’s festival was a celebration of completing that unit, and the students were allowed to dress up in their various countries’ costumes as they dined on the various foods.

In addition to the food, the third graders also had the chance to see demonstrations of karate and ballet, both of which have foreign origins. Mark Rudd and his students from Andalusia Isshinryu Karate and Meryane Martin Murphy and her students from Andalusia Ballet provided the entertainment in the gym.

Organizers said the event would not have been possible without the dedication of many parent volunteers and a grant provided by the Andalusia City Schools Foundation.