SIS, in Conjunction with OSU’s College of Education, Hosted the 3rd Annual International Fair for Children

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The School of International Studies & OSU’s College of Education welcomed more than 400 area 4th graders to the Wes Watkins Center October 25th for the 3rd Annual International Fair for Children. International students at OSU, including several from SIS’s English Language Institute and Graduate Program, teamed with students from the College of Education to give the children a tour of the world during their visit and receive a stamp on their “passports” after “visiting” a selection of the 27 countries represented. The children learned about each country’s history or culture and did typical activities or projects that children their same age would do in each of the countries. In its third year, the Fair is becoming a greater and greater success. This was the second year that the Fair was funded through a grant from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Minority Teacher Recruitment Center. Principals and teachers were thrilled with the level of cultural experience their students were receiving at this young and impressionable age. For more information on how to become involved in next year’s Fair, contact either SIS’s Daniel Darnell at 405.744.6607 or daniel.darnell@okstate.edu or The College of Education’s Candace Thrasher at 405.744.8935 or Candace.lebow@okstate.edu.

SIS Graduate Student Erica Roberts (in red, in front of the Chilean flag) helps educate children about Chile, the country in which she volunteered for 18 months.  As part of her graduate assistantship, Roberts coordinated participation for other SIS graduate students in the Fair.
SIS Graduate Student Erica Roberts (in red, in front of the Chilean flag) helps educate children about Chile, the country in which she volunteered for 18 months.  As part of her graduate assistantship, Roberts coordinated participation for other SIS graduate students in the Fair.
Representatives from China introduce children to their country.
Representatives from China introduce children to their country.
Representatives of Congo (formerly Zaire) display the country’s artwork for the children.
Representatives of Congo (formerly Zaire) display the country’s artwork for the children.
Goldie Thompson (in gray, at left) from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Minority Teacher Recruitment Center, which helped fund the Fair, looks on as representatives of Palestine introduce children to their country.
Goldie Thompson (in gray, at left) from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Minority Teacher Recruitment Center, which helped fund the Fair, looks on as representatives of Palestine introduce children to their country.
Children are shown a selection of garments, decorations & jewelry from Ghana as Cindi Stephens (in orange), Assistant for International SIS Events, looks on.
Children are shown a selection of garments, decorations & jewelry from Ghana as Cindi Stephens (in orange), Assistant for International SIS Events, looks on.
4th graders were welcomed to the 3rd Annual International Fair for Children with a traditional Indian dance performance by Stillwater Junior High Student Vaishnavi Vaidyanathan.
4th graders were welcomed to the 3rd Annual International Fair for Children with a traditional Indian dance performance by Stillwater Junior High Student Vaishnavi Vaidyanathan.
As an Indonesian student points to musical notes on a chart, children shake the corresponding instrument to play out a tradition song from Indonesia.
As an Indonesian student points to musical notes on a chart, children shake the corresponding instrument to play out a tradition song from Indonesia.
SIS Graduate Student Mohammed Al-hamdani (in white) introduces students to his country – Iraq.  Mohammed is one of the first two students that have been admitted to the graduate program from Iraq.  Efforts are under way for several more Iraqi students to apply to the program in upcoming semesters. 
SIS Graduate Student Mohammed Al-hamdani (in white) introduces students to his country – Iraq.  Mohammed is one of the first two students that have been admitted to the graduate program from Iraq.  Efforts are under way for several more Iraqi students to apply to the program in upcoming semesters. 
Children construct origami hats as they “visit” Japan on their tour of the world.
Children construct origami hats as they “visit” Japan on their tour of the world.
Children learn a typical yard game from representatives of Kenya.
Children learn a typical yard game from representatives of Kenya.
Kuwaiti representatives introduce the children to their Middle Eastern country’s history and currency.
Kuwaiti representatives introduce the children to their Middle Eastern country’s history and currency.
Children “exploring” Lebanon learned a traditional dance while wearing typical hats from the country.
Children “exploring” Lebanon learned a traditional dance while wearing typical hats from the country.
Students from the OSU-OSU - Mexico Liaison Office helped the children make Mexican kites.
Students from the OSU-OSU - Mexico Liaison Office helped the children make Mexican kites.
Between the children’s tours, OSU students from the several Middle Eastern countries represented came together for a little fun and dancing to their traditional music.
Between the children’s tours, OSU students from the several Middle Eastern countries represented came together for a little fun and dancing to their traditional music.
A representative of Niger demonstrates to the children how the women of Niger carry goods in baskets on their heads.
A representative of Niger demonstrates to the children how the women of Niger carry goods in baskets on their heads.
An Omani student dresses children in shirts and head gear like those worn in Oman.
An Omani student dresses children in shirts and head gear like those worn in Oman.
In addition to country dress, Omani students also introduced the children to yard games that Omani children play.
In addition to country dress, Omani students also introduced the children to yard games that Omani children play.
Home school children also attended the Fair.  Here, they are given a cultural lesson from Saudi Arabian students.  The young child at the lower left looks through his passport that was stamped each time he “visited” the various countries during his “world traveling” adventure.
Home school children also attended the Fair.  Here, they are given a cultural lesson from Saudi Arabian students.  The young child at the lower left looks through his passport that was stamped each time he “visited” the various countries during his “world traveling” adventure.
Sri Lankan students help children make traditional paper windsocks that are flown in the island country.
Sri Lankan students help children make traditional paper windsocks that are flown in the island country.
Representatives & students from Vietnam dressed their visitors in typical Vietnamese clothing and helped them make paper fans.
Representatives & students from Vietnam dressed their visitors in typical Vietnamese clothing and helped them make paper fans.
The outside of the Watkins Center was a sea of 4th graders as they waited with their bags of country memorabilia to board their busses to return to school.
The outside of the Watkins Center was a sea of 4th graders as they waited with their bags of country memorabilia to board their busses to return to school.