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Students show knowledge of countries at ‘Worlds Fair’ event


Elijah Cross, 11, shows his poster on Romania and discusses what he learned about the country at the “Worlds Fair” event for local homeschoolers Jan. 25.

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Elijah Cross, 11, shows his poster on Romania and discusses what he learned about the country at the “Worlds Fair” event for local homeschoolers Jan. 25.



— It was a trip around the world in a day at Centennial Evangelical Free Church Jan. 25.

A group of homes-schooled students gathered to show their “Around the World” projects to friends, family and community members.

Dressed in Swedish clothing, Maggie Foster offered insights into Sweden as well as a taste of homemade Swedish meatballs.

“They have some unique spices such as allspice, nutmeg and ginger,” she explained. Her mother said they are normally served with a white sauce/gravy, and mashed potatoes.

Maggie’s great-great-grandparents were born in Sweden.

Maggie’s older sister, Kate, said her great-great-great grandfather was born in Scotland and she chose the country to pay homage to him.

“He was Idaho County pioneer George Robertson,” she smiled. Her information board consisted of a variety of facts on Scotland. She made Scottish shortbread for her visitors to try.

Molly McGuigan spent time studying Papua New Guinea and was fascinated, she said, with their burial practices.

“It’s very interesting. They are going back to some traditional mummification, which can seem weird to us, but we have to understand their culture and tradition,” she said.

She used a staple found in the country – sweet potatoes – to make tiny rolls for her visitors to taste.

Elijah Cross, 11, chose his mother’s home country of Romania to explore and his sister, Lilly, 9, dressed in typical Romanian fare.

“My mom was born in Romania, so I thought it would be a good country to learn more about,” he said, explaining the country’s political system and war-town past.

Mom explained she emigrated to the United States as a youth but still keeps up with her home country’s happenings, especially through the ties her mother keeps.

Additional countries and children participating included Switzerland— Jesse Schwartz; Chad, Jordan, and Australia— Nichols sisters; Canada— Sienna McCarty, France— Ben McCarty, Egypt— Stowell family; Mongolia— Mari and Lillie Schwartz; Ireland— Isaiah and Charlotte Fuerstenau; and New Zealand— Nathan Fuerstenau.



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