A cultural event for kids was held on March 18 to benefit the children of the preschool program of the Refugee and Immigrant Family Center. This event was put on by Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, a non-profit organization at the University of Washington.

A cultural event for kids was held on March 18 to benefit the children of the preschool program of the Refugee and Immigrant Family Center. This event was put on by Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, a non-profit organization at the University of Washington.

 

This event gave an opportunity for the children to explore the many different cultures the girls in the sorority were able to offer. The event was set up by stations and each station would have one or two girls set up there, showing them the activity or game from their culture.  

 

There were seven different stations. The stations were Bollywood style dance from India, paper fan making and decorating from China, a traditional Vietnamese new year game from Vietnam, traditional Mexican dance from Mexico, fan dancing and games from Korea, origami making from Japan and a Filipino version of the game, “Simon Says” from the Philippines.

 

Each child was put into a group of three or four, assigned with a chaperone, and was given a goody bag and “passport” where they receive a sticker on the country they visited as well as other goodies like candy, pencils and the crafts they made at each station.

      

“The event was created to give under privileged children an opportunity to experience what other cultures are like. Hopefully they got a lot of out this and was able to have fun as well,” says Ann Nguyen, coordinator of the event.

 

The Refugee and Immigrant Family Center is an organization that ensures that all refugee, immigrant, and low income families are healthy, self-sufficient, and committed to self improvement.  Their mission is to provide culturally appropriate and relevant services to assist and empower refugees, immigrants and low income families to have healthy and successful lives in their communities. They do this by having the following programs: Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP), English as a Second Language (ESL), New Americans 101, and Computer Literacy programs.

 

For more information, visit http://rifccenter.com.

 

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