Skiles Test Elementary School (grades 1-5) hosted a "celebrate Asia event" on November 9, 2007. This Family Fun Night was open to all Skiles Test families. The evening began at 6:15pm with a Chinese dinner served in the school cafe'. The rest of the evening fun began at 6:45pm with lots of exciting activities to choose from. The Gym hosted traditional female Indian dancing, performed by the "Punjabi Pride" group from Franklin Central High School, Indianapolis. The LGI Room hosted traditional male Indian dancing, performed by the " Bhagra Element " dance group, also from Franklin Central High School. The Music Room hosted a local non-profit Aikido martial arts studio, with interactive demonstrations. Three rotational times were established in order to give everyone the opportunity to experience all three groups if they wanted. The Science Room offered an opportunity to get asian tattoos, play a chop sticks game, or a traditional Japanese fishing game. The Art Room provided beautiful name translation into Chinese script on a bookmark by an exchange student, and a chance to do traditional Japanese fish painting. An open hall area gave children the opportunity to show their parents the Chinese jump rope activity they had been doing in gym class all week. In addition to dinner in the Cafe', folks could try their hand at origami and tangrams. The students worked hard all week decorating beautiful 3' by 4' asian elephants that lined the hall, posters of flags representing the countries of Asia, and some traditional asian painting techniques that filled the display case! It was a wonderful, free family event that got the entire Skiles Test community fired up about the "Continent of Contrast". See pictures from the event. Schedule of Events
The school also added a service project element to the week-long activities. Students brought in new and gently used childrens' books to donate to Ambassadors for Children. It was classroom against classroom and the winning class (who brought in 250) received an ice cream sundae party. The school delivered over 1200 books to the organization for their over-seas libraries.
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