Etcetera - 11/01/10

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Local American Field Service chapter members will hold their annual information night from 7-8:30 Tuesday in the Walla Walla High School library, 800 Abbott Road.

Both inbound and outbound intercultural programs for teens are offered through AFS and details will be provided about volunteer opportunities, hosting an exchange student or becoming one and how local families can participate.

AFS volunteers from this area will be on hand with current exchange students and a returnee.

The local AFS exchange students include Courtney Sang, New Zealand; Judith Kinnunen, Finland; Mattias Johansson, Sweden; Margarida Freire, Portugal -- all hosted in Walla Walla ¬?-- and Ann Kristen Luzi, Norway, who lives with her host family in Dayton.

Applications for hosting and sending begin after the first of the year for placement late summer of next year.

Those unable to attend on Tuesday may contact Holly Howard, sending coordinator, at 522-2770, or Linnea Keatts, hosting coordinator, at 525-0049.

Additional information about AFS and its various intercultural programs is at www.afs.org.

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Beth Thiel reported in the online Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review that parent volunteers helped steer Sharpstein School's garden to a successful fall season.

Second-graders recently learned some history about corn and plant facts while in the garden. They milled their own corn flour and made tortillas in the classroom then enjoyed the quesadillas they made themselves, Beth said.

From Sara Moore, third-graders found out about various types of seeds, which dovetailed with their science curriculum. While in the garden, they collected lettuce seed for possible planting this coming spring.

"Students learned about plant adaptation as well as the importance of diversity while considering the life cycle of plants," Beth said.

Fifth graders harvested, scrubbed, cut, cooked and served potatoes they planted as fourth graders. "We were able to serve colorful, delicious and nutritious roasted potatoes to the school. Besides the practical experience of creating their own dish, students also learned about the history and the nutritional value of potatoes," Beth said.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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