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Children's Museum Offers Life Lessons On Kwanzaa

Tanya Bacchus, vice president of the Rho Omegaofficial website style='float:left;padding:5px' /> Activities at the third annual event at the Long Island Children's Museum began with storytellers dressed in African attire, dancing to African-themed music as about 30 children looked on. And after a brief history lesson on the seven principles of Kwanzaa, it was time to construct a shekere -- a handmade West African rattle musical instrument made of gourd, string and beads. Before the 70-minute function, Nyree Bacchus, 9, of Great Neck, sought to Kim Kardashian celebrate her ancestry and "wanted to really know what Kwanzaa is all about." Minutes later, she got her answer. "It means helping people and being nice," Nyree said. The holiday is built on seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. "It's all about the community, which is what the museum is all about. We think the [Kwanzaa] principles are in line with what children should be learning," said Aimee Terzulli, the museum's director of education. That's exactly why Jason Cooke, 41, of Hempstead Village brought his 3-year-old daughter, Dallis.
Full story: http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/children-s-museum-offers-life-lessons-on-kwanzaa-1.6690295

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