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Learning to observe the world’s cultures

Monday, February 25th, 2013 | Posted by

Natasha Smith plays guitar while the girls of Troop 10225 perform Haere Mai.

Each year on Feb. 22, Girl Scouts throughout the country gather to celebrate World Thinking Day, giving thanks for international friendships that include the 150 countries in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

This year, local troops in Rohnert Park met on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Rohnert Park Senior Center to share and exchange the food and culture of various nations. Each troop selected a country and was asked to learn about the culture. Then during the celebration, the girls shared their information, provided a sample of food and even performed a skit or dance from that country.

Dustin Smith and the girls sample foods from around the world.

Eight troops attended this year, representing New Zealand, Ireland, Mexico, Fiji, Italy, Canada, Korea and Uganda. The assembly included Daisies, Brownies and Juniors with troop members from Rohnert Park, Cotati and Penngrove.  After introductory ceremonies the girls moved around between stations with a chance to sample the various foods and learn a little about each country.




Kailey Yahya at the New Zealand table.

After eating, it was time for the entertainment. “Out of everything, learning the dance was probably the most fun for the girls,” said Erika Miranda, leader of Troop 10255. Her girls represented New Zealand, dressing as native women and dancing the “Haere Mai,” which means “Welcome.”

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