Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

By Lauren Claggett, age 12  Most U.S. citizens have heard of Columbus Day, which is observed every year on the second Monday of October. The holiday was named after Christopher Columbus, who claimed to have found the “new world.” Although this holiday is very well...
Nonnas of the World Come Together

Nonnas of the World Come Together

Rida Ali, age 14   Instead of professional chefs, a restaurant on Staten Island employs grandmas, exploring the diversity of their different cultures. The restaurant, Enoteca Maria, was founded and is owned by Jody Scaravella. Scaravella opened the restaurant...

The Story of My Name

By ITZEL CORTES, age 10 Itzel Cortes with her mother, Leticia. PHOTO: Claudia Hirsch Have you ever thought about the story of your name? After reading the book Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, I decided to ask my mom about the story of my own name. My mom (Leticia...

Destruction of Iraq’s Cultural Heritage

By LILY KUZMINSKI, age 10 The ninth century Mosque of Samarra was damaged during 2005 fighting in Iraq. PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons Since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, much of Iraq’s cultural heritage has been destroyed: One million books, ten million other...

Meet Brenda from Mexico

Name: Brenda Haydee Flores Marroquín Age: 8 Hometown: Mexico City Language spoken: Spanish Family: Brenda lives with her parents and her two sisters, Karla and Vanesa. Parent’s jobs: Her mother is a teacher at a university, and her father is a manager for a...