Ethnic traditions showcased at Fremont School
Ellis School students Octavia Courcy and Jackson Arsenault, both 8, read about traditions in Sweden as part of a “Holidays Around the World” project at the school on Friday. (Jason Schreiber)
Ellis School third-graders Sammy Bragoli and Daniel Emery dressed the part to represent Japan at a “Holidays Around the World” presentation Friday. (Jason Schreiber)
Some 43 students took visitors on a global tour through classrooms, where they showcased traditions in other countries and served ethnic dishes.
Ava Zagorites and Jake Higginbottom, both 8, collaborated on their presentation of Russia.
Jake made Pavlova, a meringue dessert named after Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova.
With some help at home, Ava baked Russian tea cakes and a berry pie.
Learning about the different foods was one of Jake's favorite parts of the project.
Ava and Jake also learned that unlike the United States, where Santa Claus brings gifts, there's a Father Frost who makes the deliveries in Russia.
Seth Berry, 8, baked a Dutch butter cake for his Holland presentation.
While working on his country, Seth said he learned that in Holland they celebrate Saint Nicholas Eve on Dec. 5.
Eight-year-old Sammy Bragoli and her partner, Daniel Emery, also 8, offered sushi and sponge cake to represent Japan.
"They have businesses running on Christmas," Sammy added.
Across the room, Octavia Courcy, 8, wore a wreath with fake candles on her head and served traditional Swedish twisted bread shaped like an "S" after studying Sweden with classmate Jackson Arsenault, 8.
"But my dad went to Sweden for a work trip," she said.
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