World Food Fair brings diversity of tastes to PACES youngsters

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PACES kindergarteners ate up the lessons at the World Food Fair Wednesday.

Elementary school students in the summer PACES program in Perry spanned the globe Wednesday in discovering the constant variety of food.

Dishes from Australia, Mexico, Norway and many other nations were mixed with a generous helping of national history and culture, filling students’ minds as well as their bellies and serving the goals of Perry’s Academic and Cultural Enrichment Services (PACES).

“This is a very engaging way to introduce children to the diversity of world cultures,” said Mary Hillman, longtime PACES director. “Food is always in fashion, and they learn about the people who make the foods at the same time they learn about the food itself. Nutrition and tolerance go together very well.”

PACES summer programming is as rich and varied as its before- and after-school lessons during the school year. Last week the youngsters held a bike rodeo and learned about safety and rules of the road, and next week they will take a trip to the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines.

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