A pair of northeast Queens schools went international last week and they did it in a delicious way.
PS 94 in Little Neck and PS 98 in Douglaston held events highlighting the ethnic diversity of each schools students and staff, and while music, dance and costumes were all a part of the fun, the best part was the food.
For more than 15 years students, staff and parents at PS 94 have held an International Food Festival day to celebrate ethnic diversity. On Friday the school halls were filled with tables of homemade rice pudding, tiramisu, Irish soda bread, Chalah, chow mein, California rolls and fried wontons.
This years event also drew a few special visitors, including Queens Board of Education representative Terri Thomson, City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and School District 26 Superintendent Claire McIntee, a former principal of PS 94.
As Thomson and Avella chowed down on plates brimming with food, McIntee praised the work of her successor, Principal JoAnn Barbeosch.
It really is a gem, McIntee said, praising Barbeosch for maintaining the schools high standards.
In a lot of ways, PS 98s cafeteria was a mirror image of PS 94 Friday, with dozens of parents manning tables of homemade food, including everything from empanadas and beef patties to chicken fritters, baked apples, chicken and broccoli, California rolls and borek, a small pastry filled with rice and beef.
However, at PS 98 Fridays feast was the culmination of a weeks worth of international events.
Parent Diane El-Sawaf said the schools International Week included folk tales, performances by an Argentinean dance group, flamenco dancing, short films, and a mini-museum filled with artifacts, costumes and musical instruments from different cultures.
We cant even include it all in a week, El-Sawaf said as children in brightly colored costumes carried plates of food throughout the cafeteria. Its a whole week with a lot of facets to it.
Principal Sheila Huggins, who said PS 98 has been holding its International Week for 15 years, said the event is a way to overcome intolerance.
As we appreciate our differences, we begin to see the common threads of tradition and family values, she said. The parents do the bulk of the work.
It is an effort the schools students seemed to appreciate.
International Week is a time to learn about other cultures, said Stephen, 9.
Reach reporter Kathianne Boniello by e-mail at Timesledgr@aol.com or call 229-0300, Ext. 146.
©2002 Community News Group
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.