Vernon PAL hosts Cultural Day
Vernon Township High School Italian Language teacher Lea Haddeland is shown cooking pesto for her audience.
Guam native and Vernon Township High School senior Ronelle Tajalle, 17, offered instruction in authentic Polynesian dancing at the Vernon PAL Annual Cultural Day hosted by the Vernon PAL Youth Leadership Council. Here she is shown with junior Daniel Donofrio-DeVries.
Eric White of the Glenwood section of Vernon describes the swords his group uses and how safety is an important concern when they are dueling.
Visitors to the Brazil table where the kids had a chance to make colorful bracelets.
VERNON — The Vernon Police Athletic League gymnasium was visited by hundreds of kids and their families on Saturday, who came to appreciate a broad sampling of international cuisine as well as cooking lessons, arts and crafts, ethnic dance presentations, and medieval swordplay.
The theme for the Vernon PAL 2014 Cultural Day was “It’s a Small, Small World” and the event was hosted by The Vernon PAL Youth Leadership group.
The entertainment was geared towards children in grades K through 6, although all were welcome.
According to PAL director Jeanne Buffalino, the group of youth leadership students who have spearheaded this program will graduate this June.
“Since the inception of the youth leadership council some nine years ago, this has been the most productive group of students I have had the pleasure of working with," Buffalino said. "They certainly deserve some recognition for their accomplishments.”
Additional information about the Vernon PAL and its various programs can be found at www.vernonpal.com or by calling their office at 973-764-9514.
— Photos by Chris Wyman
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