“Taste of the Nations” Returns to Smith School

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Frances table at "Taste of the Nations"Students and staff in Smith School summer school participated in a “Taste of the Nations” event, making and sampling a variety of international food.

Each class chose a country and then picked a traditional food item from that culture to prepare and share with other classes. Twelve classes contributed to the event, representing Mexico, Nepal, Jamaica and other countries from all over the world. Foods prepared included savory meals, snacks and tasty desserts. Over 100 students and staff throughout all Smith School programs were part of the activity.

The event is an exciting and hands-on way for students to learn about different countries and their cultures by learning about their food. They then have a chance to work as a group to prepare the foods, such as chicken fried rice representing China, a cake inspired by the French éclair and many others.

“Students feel safe in their school as they participate, which helps them to step out of their comfort zone,” said Lisa Smith, a Springboard teacher instrumental in organizing the event. “As they bravely experience unfamiliar foods and unfamiliar people within the school community, they are appreciating the joy of having a new adventure!”

The “Taste of the Nations” has become an annual tradition in summer school for over 10 years. The event continues to evolve with the students and will adapt to correspond with current events such as the Olympics when relevant.