The Richmond Register

March 7, 2013

A ‘Night of Culture’ presented at Clark-Moores Middle School

By Kaitlin Keane
Register Chief Photographer

RICHMOND — Clark-Moores Middle School took on a cultural flare Tuesday evening as it staged a “Night of Culture.”

The school’s Pencil Breakers club collaborated with GEAR UP and others in the community to organize the event.

Thirteen countries were represented for students and their families, so they could learn about their cultures. At the India table, students could apply a bindi, a forehead decoration worn by women in South Asia to indicate marriage.

Each student was given a passport, and after visiting each country’s exhibit, the presenter wrote the students name in their native language.

Over 190 people were in attendance, according to Kimberly Quinlan, the school’s Youth Service Center director.

“Our intent was to provide students and families with a fun cultural event where they could learn about a variety of different countries while also enjoy some fun activities,” Quinlan said.

Solomon Tesfamichael from Eritrea in Africa, used a globe to show students where Eritrea is located.

He says it is easier for youngsters to understand where he is talking about if they have a picture.

Tesfamichael came to the United States as a refugee three years ago and is attending Berea College.

Various crafts were set up for students to create, from maracas and African masks to heraldry shield key chains and Guatemalan Worry Dolls. Cuisine from China and Mexico was provided by the Clark-Moores cafeteria.

The Sunshine Cloggers provided an international dance program for dinner entertainment and belly dancing lessons were provided by Jasmine Rutherford.

Proceeds from silent auction of locally donated items and a cultural desserts bar went to Prince of Peace Home for Girls in San Cristobal, Guatemala.