SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES
Food Brings Hope’s after-school STEM program, FBHonors, raised funds at the Iranian American Society’s Persian Nowruz Festival in Ormond Beach. This is the second year the students of the honors program have raised funds at the annual festival celebrating the Persian New Year.
Students participating in FBHonors were invited again, by the Iranian American Society, to host a tent and sell candy, chips, and drinks to guests in attendance. The 19 students and their chaperones worked with the goal in mind to raise enough funds for an educational trip to Epcot at the end of the school year.
“The Persian Festival offered the FBHonors students the opportunity to learn more about the Persian culture,” said Aimee Shank, Westside Elementary teacher and FBHonors sponsor. “The students enjoyed meeting Amu Nowruz “Uncle Nowruz”, trying Persian cuisine, and watching the cultural dancers wearing their authentic Persian clothing.”
Lesson on culture and finances
The Westside FBHonors program consists of 24 students fourth and fifth grade who meet for three hours every day after school. This program is specifically designed for Food Brings Hope’s highest achieving pupils and provides educational opportunities in STEM fields and organized activities to further enrich and challenge students.
“Our FBHonors students have dedicated each day to striving for excellence,” said Food Brings Hope Executive Director, Judi Winch. “It was exciting to watch the children interacting at the festival as they gained a new respect for the Persian culture and were able to further their knowledge of business and money management through this fundraising project.”