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On the Bright Side

March 25, 2013

4-H helps members get global perspective

How do you travel to Egypt, Germany and Cost Rica without an airplane, boat or bus? If you’re a local 4-H member, all you need is your imagination. 

On Friday night, 4-H members from seven Delaware County clubs, plus two independent members, provided a conceptual trip around the world at Camp Shankitunk in Delhi. 

“This is the 23rd year that Cornell Cooperative Extension has hosted the International Night,” 4-H community educator Emily Roach said. “The kids and clubs each select the country they want to present and prepare a presentation for the two-hour event.”

In the main building at Camp Shankitunk, visitors strolled from presentation to presentation and read about the countries while sampling ethnic cuisine, also prepared by the 4-H members. 

“The Dominican Republic mostly has tropical weather all year round,” independent 4-H member Alyssa Stanton said. She had painted a depiction of the country’s flag for her display. “Mangos, coconuts and plantains are a few of the crops grown on the island that has seven countries,” she said. 

Alyssa, 10, had prepared rice and beans, a popular food in the country, along with Mangu, “mashed plantains, commonly eaten for breakfast,” to serve to those in attendance. 

“I chose Dominican Republic because my dad’s family is from there,” explained Alyssa, a 4-H member for three years. Her exhibit included information on the Carnaval de La Vega, a monthlong celebration climaxing Feb. 27, Dominican Independence Day. 

“I also added information on the fact Dominican Republic produces great baseball players,” added Alyssa, who was dressed in a colorful turquoise dress, similar to what is worn in Dominican Republic.

The International Evening included a visual trip to Ireland, Japan, Scotland and Turkmenistan. Walton Central School student and 4-H member Mikaelan Cucciarre-Stuligross also gave a half-hour Powerpoint presentation on South Africa. 

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