KATIE DELAVAUGHN will always remember her first encounter with an Albanian Byrek.
The 29-year-old field study teacher is familiar with a range of Latino and African-American cooking, but this particular stuffed pastry was a new fast-food experience for her.
was one of numerous traditional foods on offer at a health fair held by seventh
Vivia Thompson, 12, compared the fat content of her homemade Jamaica Cake with that of fried chicken. Franklin Castanon, 12, whose family owns a restaurant, served home-made oven fries and talked about the different ways of cooking potatoes.
fair was part of a curriculum called LiFE, designed by TC researchers and
available at no cost to all
LiFE consultants provide teachers with a choice of curricula and materials and then visit the school to help in their implementation.
DelaVaughn says: “It is a great resource for engaging the students that is culturally relevant to their lives and brings in their background knowledge.”
LiFE currently works in six NYC schools, mainly in grades 3-7. For more information, call: (212) 678-3001, or visit: www.tc.edu/life.
LiFE Director, Pamela Koch with the LiFE display at TC's Student Outreach Showcase
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