The end of the school year was cause for much celebration for elementary students in our BOOST program. More than 100 students were treated to a cultural and diversity festival on June 13 called the “BOOST Globe Trotters Cultural Festival.”
BOOST, (Best Out of School Time,) a program of Liberty’s Lutheran Children and Family Service, serves nearly 1000 children annually through its 14 Before and After School Programs at 11 schools throughout Philadelphia. BOOST programs include homework assistance, recreation, arts and crafts, certified after school/camp program curriculum, computer lab, field trips and more. The goal of BOOST is to support the growth and development of each child by providing a safe, caring, adult-supervised before-school and after-school environment and to build upon the physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills developed by our children in school.
The BOOST Globe Trotters Cultural Festival was the culmination of Project-Based Learning projects that the students have been working on during the school year.
Activities included “Art around the World Gallery,” a display of the students artwork (Australian Aboriginal, China, Mexico, Harlem Renaissance,) Chinese Gung Fu Tea Ceremony, Create-your-own Native American Talking Sticks, multicultural food tasting, culinary demonstrations and hands-on cooking activity, African drummers and dancers, and Aboriginal Face Painting.
Students from William Loesche Elementary School (in the Somerton neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia), and Francis Hopkinson Elementary School (in the Juniata Park neighborhood of North Philadelphia), along with parents, teachers, school administrators and supporters participated in the end-of-school year party at the LCFS offices on Rising Sun Avenue in Philadelphia.
The wealth of culture and diversity in Philadelphia is embodied by the students themselves and their representative countries of origin including the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Russia, Lithuania, Haiti, India, Uzbekistan, Liberia, and many more.
Watch a brief, fun video from the event!