Androsians arrive in Bexley

Messenger photos by John Matuszak

Androsians arrive in Bexley

On May 12 Montrose Elementary kindergarten teacher Nancy Prater introduces visitors from Andros Island, the Bahamas, from left, Eddrico Colebrooke, Mary Lynn, Michelle Evans, Doramae Scott, Alicia Evans, L-abrielle Oliver, Virmeane Riley and Youterpy Riley. The group will be in Bexley until May 22, meeting the community and students. The visit will culminate with the Junkanoo Parade, a traditional Bahamian celebration, May 21 at 2 p.m., at Montrose.

Montrose students, in the batik tye-dyed t-shirts they made themselves, sing about "The Frog in the Coconut Tree," a performance that they prepared for their Bahamian guests. For decades, Bexley has had a connection with the island, with students studying marine biology at the Fofar Field Station. In the last four years, the community has donated more than 40,000 books to the school libraries on Andros. This is the first time a contingent from Andros has visited Bexley.
Montrose fourth-graders display the jewelry they made with the help of Michelle Evans, who owns a shop on Andros creating and selling similar items made from beads and shells. Other Androsian artisans shared their talents with classes.
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