SPOTLIGHT ON BETH'S CREW 10!
BCS Crew 506 (10th grade) with crew leader Beth spent their 2-day Better World Day experience first doing service, including making Mother's Day presents and engaging in an extensive neighborhood clean-up in Little Pakistan, Brooklyn yielding a total of 22 bags of trash (plus a shopping cart)! The following day, the crew was hosted by PAYS, the Pakistani American Youth Society. We started the day with a short information session on Pakistan, including its history, geography and culture. Students asked lots of questions about foods, customs and the Islamic religion. Then, we were taken on a guided tour of Little Pakistan, along Coney Island Avenue. We visited a mosque that can accommodate over 5000 people and learned about the five pillars of Islam and admired the gorgeous tile with and Arabic calligraphy. From there, we were treated to a lunch of halwa poori chana with jalebi for dessert. Everyone tried (and LOVED) the food - including our pickiest eaters. From there, we were taught about Islamic funeral practices at a local funeral home. We also visited a shop that sells traditional clothing where the girls in the group were given bangles. Our last stop on the tour was to a local jewelry shop where are students were awed by the 24 karat gold jewelry. We returned to the community room at PAYS where we closed by learning how to say the BCS core values in Urdu, a circle of reflection where students shared their learning from the day and finally, a closing circle where we welcomed our new friends into our BCS Crew. The exchange was even documented on South Asian TV: http://www.vosa.tv/function-organized-for-pakistans-cultural-information-in-new-york-city/! We are an ever expanding Crew! #BetterWorldDaySee our enhanced post here: