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Letter: 'Taste of Nations' Delicious and Educational

Citizens' Memorial Elementary School celebrated the international culinary event Friday in the school cafeteria.


It was a full house at Citizens’ Memorial Elementary School on Friday night,  as more than 200 students, family members and teachers celebrated their first Taste of Nations dinner event.

Thanks to food and gift card donations by local merchants, the evening was an enormous success! And not only was it a tasty evening, but a learning experience for all.

During the preceding weeks, Mrs. Cifelli’s fifth-grade students in room 10 worked relentlessly on researching countries from around the world. They created an interactive geography display about the culture and foods from different nations, which included articles of clothing and souvenirs borrowed from their school family, as well as the Taste of Nations trivia contest.  Starting at 5 p.m., teachers, along with Mrs. Martinez, a PTO member, donned their plastic gloves and began serving up a smorgasbord representative of the food eaten in a variety of international locations. The attendees dined in the cafeteria while listening to music from different cultures.

Everyone had high praise for the variety of foods, and Citizens’ Memorial staff members in charge of coordinating the event said they are extremely thankful for the donations by Plaza Mexico, Lotus Thai, Taco Bell, Ciro’s Tavern, New China Super Buffet, J’s Deli, Pacific Asian Cuisine, The Burrito Co., Sodexo, Subway, Shaws, Pepsi, Dunkin’ Donuts, KFC, Bentley’s Tavern, Ye Olde English Fish and Chips, Michael’s Meats, and Famous Pizza.  

After dinner, students who dressed in cultural attire were invited onto the stage to dance to the international music. Afterwards, Mr. Diaz, the school principal, proudly raffled off gift cards donated by some of the participating merchants. It was an educational and fun evening for all!

Kim Mowbray
Reading Specialist
Citizens' Memorial Elementary School

Dawn Mackenzie April 06, 2012 at 01:16 PM
This is the kind of press Woonsocket Schools needs. There are such wonderful things happening in our schools. We should be focusing on the positive.
English first April 06, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Unfortunately most of the complainers on this website don't even read these positive posts. First of all it was great to see the children learning about other cultures. Secondly, it was great that the community businesses in these hard times came through with food. Lastly, it was wonderful that the parents and faculty worked so hard (together) in the evening to bring an enjoyable time to our city schools.
Another Concerned Taxpayer April 06, 2012 at 08:02 PM
This is only one small example of what Woonsocket schools are about. All too frequently the workers are blamed for administrative mismanagement. The teachers, police officers, highway workers, firefighters, students, etc, are not to blame for what is happening. These people are staples to our community, role models. They work hard to provide for their family, and often give back to the community in a variety of ways. Fundraisers, donations, coaching, not to mention visiting local restaurants and shops, producing additional tax revenue. It's time everyone stops pointing fingers and time to develop creative ideas to turn this thing around. The students are our future, and we need quality teachers to educate and install values to make the city what is has been.
Imzadi April 07, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Nicely done teachers, staff and students at Citizen's!! You show the people of Woonsocket just how great our schools are!

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