12/11/2008 MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF OCEANSIDE
The 60 students are 2-3 years of age, and are divided into two groups for the presentation.
The children were greeted in Swahili and enthusiastically responded after being given the appropriate response. They listened attentively as Christina described the symbols, principles, history, and cultural significance in age appropriate ways. Fascinated by the colors and objects for the Kwanzaa set-up they repeated the new sounds enthusiastically as the items were displayed. All the students jumped to their feet and had great fun learning a new African dance. At the end of the Kwanzaa Celebration all participated in the final seven Harambee cheers.12/17/2008 SAN DIEGO COOP CHARTER SCHOOL
The 35 students are 1st and 2nd graders (6-8 years old)
The children are greeted in Swahili and enthusiastically respond after being
told the appropriate Swahili word. They are fascinated and curious about the different objects Salimu passes out until each child has something. They listen attentively as Salimu calls for the name, symbol or principle of Kwanzaa set-up which gradually comes together beautifully right in front of them with each child's help. She describes and gives examples of the principles, symbols, history and cultural significance of Kwanzaa. The students echo examples from their own experience. The presentation concludes with a sung version of the seven principles-Nguzo Saba.12/19/2008 FALLBROOK HIGH SCHOOL
Three assemblies serve 2,500 13-18 years old students
The assemblies are named "A Festival Of Cultures". Eight of the Fallbrook High School Clubs representing different cultures including deaf/mute and ranging from Mexican Ballet Folklorico to Hip-Hop perform in front of their enthusiastic peers. WorldBeat Drummers are the sole professional group on the program, hailing from Senegal West Africa they perform a series of drum rhythms and dances to thunderous applause and shouts - that have the students running to the performance area in droves when invited to join the artists in the dance. The drum and dance was followed by words of encouragement and social guidance by Makeda Cheatom, Executive Director, WorldBeat Center and Radio personality on 102.5 FM, 106.1 FM, Biggup Internet Radio, Oneworldreggae.com and weekly television show WorldBeat Live! The students attention was riveted to the stage by the drummers as well as their peers with totally appropriate behavior.