This is a first for the SCS students participating in Culture at the Garden – a visit to a tri-continental nation.
Extending over an astounding 39 degrees of latitude, a South American country bordering Argentina, Peru and Bolivia, Chile runs from the Andes to the Pacific.
It also has territories in Polynesia and Antarctica.
Impressive. Isn’t it?
It just so happens that Chile holds many mind-blowing world records accredited to its unique expanse of terrain: It is the longest and the thinnest country in the world (Chile is as long as United States is wide); Its territory includes the most remote populated place on the globe – Easter Island; Chile’s Atacama Desert is the driest desert in the world (average rainfall 0.6 in per year); and Chile is home to the Alerce (Fitzroya cupressoides, a towering tree species native to the Andes mountains), second-longest living trees on Earth.
How does one introduce such a wondrous yet diverse country to kids? Games and crafts, of course! Students identified and created personalized bookmarks featuring Chilean avian from different regions; fabricated Arpillera Tapestry representing the diverse Chilean landscape; assembled 3-D paper Copihue (national flower of Chile); made rain sticks out of recycled paper towel rolls; played traditional children’s games (Rayuela, any one?); dressed up as Rapa Nui (the native Polynesian inhabitants of Easter Island) while dancing in front of the backdrop of two monumental moai statues; answered trivia with the hope of winning a fabulous prize; oh, and don’t forget tasted the food – Marraqueta (bread with mashed avocado on top), a simple childhood breakfast fondly remembered by many Chilean and is often part of every meal in Chile.
Over 600 eager guests visited the Garden and participated in this wonderful imaginary journey to Chile. Everyone, not just the children, left learning and understanding more about the geography, culture, arts and tradition of this amazing country. This would not have been made possible without the help and support from our volunteers. SCS PTSA Garden Project gratefully express our gratitude to the following individuals and organizations:
- María Paz Varas – Chile Cultural Advisor
- Amgen Latin Employees Network
- Simpatica Ranch
- SCS Parent Volunteers: Subha Thouldur, Namrata Dutta, Imelda Fuentes, Andrea Vavakova, Anette Power, Claudia Sarkissian, Sonceriae Armstrong, Carmina Bech, Darshana Bhamre, Lakshimi Archana Timaraju, Marie Turner, Winnie Sitarz, Sebastian Sitarz, Melissa Spear, Martin Munoz-Varas, Margarita Munoz-Varas, Becky Lewis, Joanne Ratshin, Heidi Nielsen, Alex Lagrave, Stacy Gleason, Caroline Malouf.