Museum officer offers kids some advice

| 24/04/2009

(CNS): Students from George Town Primary School had a lesson on duppies and creepy crawlies recently when Museum Education Officer Nasaria Chollette visited the school as part of their Caymanian cultural class and read two stories from her book, Storytelling Rundown where she also explained to the children who are creating their own school version, the purpose of a museum. Chollette who appeared as her “stage” character, “Miss Nas”, also awarded some students a copy of her book and read Limbert and the Duppies” and “Creepy Crawly."


Chollette asked students to bring one item each from home representing who they are for a classroom museum and students will be inviting Chollette back to visit their museum when it is complete. This visit was to year 1 students in Joan Feare, Trista Scott and Tunisia Barnes’ classes who explained that for the last six weeks pupils were exploring a unit called "Oh Land of Soft Fresh Breezes", taken from the opening line of the Cayman National Song.  The unit focused on Caymanian culture, and on the last day pupils were asked to wear traditional Caymanian clothes while parents prepared Cayman foods such as turtle, fried fish, fritters, and Johnny Cake.

“As you can imagine it was a very exciting day,” said Barnes adding that Miss Nas’ appearance was a highlight of the closing day’s events. Other people participating in the six-week project included Roy Bodden, Twila Vargas, Orlee Ebanks, Carmen Conolly, Ulene Mclaughlin and Erica Daniels of the National Trust who shared traditional Caymanian stories and games.

Spreading the word regarding the museum Chollette recently appeared in character on CITN’s “Kids Stuff: Out and About”.  The quarterly show will air again in June, when Miss Nas expects to make a guest appearance, presenting on the topic of “Nickas”.


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