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Yonkers Students Learn With Global Food Fest

YONKERS, N.Y. – A group of schoolchildren is getting a lesson on global cuisine without ever leaving Yonkers.

Students at Orchard School, on the North Broadway campus of Andrus, grabbed their forks and dug in Tuesday at the school’s International Food Festival – sampling dishes from Asia and Europe to Central America.

Administrators said the day continued a summer of Olympic-themed learning meant to educate the students in kindergarten through ninth grade on various countries in a fun and interesting way.

“It’s a great way to learn more about different nations and how other people celebrate culture,” said Genna Federico, the communications and volunteer coordinator at Andrus. “It’s schoolwork but with a fun twist.”

The Olympic-themed summer kicked off last month with a parade of nations though the campus and continued as students compiled reports and research on their countries.

As part of the lessons, nearly 150 students were given an up-close look at many of the traditions of their countries. Those studying the United States got to take in America’s pastime during a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, while others sampled area restaurants to learn native cuisine.

On Tuesday, many of the students and staff brought dozens of homemade dishes to share, taking turns digging into the global potluck. Federico said the festival was a hit with the students.

“The food festival was bigger and better than ever,” Federico said.

The six-week program is set to wrap up shortly, as students will begin taking their Regents exams. After a short break, they will head back to school in the fall.

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