July 4, 2022

Valley-Shore Y Preschool Celebrates Diversity

The Preschool at the Valley-Shore Y in Westbrook has children and families that come from Brazil, Germany, Vietnam, Italy, Poland, England, and the U.S.A. Classes have been learning about people, customs, and animals from across the globe. This diverse culture was celebrated at an International Evening for families and students with food, music, and games from around the world. Parents and children alike enjoyed egg rolls, fried rice, German potato salad, pasta, chicken and rice, cottage pie, apple crisp, and pudding native to their culture. They were excited to try new foods and celebrate together.

Topfschlagen, a game popular at birthday parties in Germany was played by preschoolers and siblings. Many also tried to carry a potato in a basket on their heads the way people in parts of Africa carry food home from market. What a challenge!

As the evening concluded there were many requests to repeat this get-together. How fortunate this group of children and adults are to learn about each other with enthusiasm and acceptance.

The Valley-Shore Y offers both half-day and full-day Preschool. Contact Mary Lewis at 860-399-9622 or mlewis@vsymca.org for information.