'The Art of Sushi' educates students outside the classroom
For the third year in a row, Romig Middle School and Benihana: Sushi and Japanese Steakhouse have teamed up to give students an interactive, off-campus learning event to enhance their classroom curriculum.
"The Art of Sushi" aims to teach the technique of sushi rolling and facets of Japanese dining etiquette. Kids got to make two rolls Wednesday — California Roll and Shrimp Crunchy Roll.
At school, the 18 8th-graders are part of Advanced Family Consumer Science, a class that focuses on catering and large-scale food prep. Tracy Neuman, the class's teacher, puts up photos from the previous year's event in the classroom.
"The students always express so much interest in continuing the tradition," Neuman said.
Benihana general manager Tim Moore says he's glad to partner with local schools and give education beyond the classroom.
"We try to incorporate a little about the culture, a little about the language, some of the practices, some of the techniques, some of the things that may or may not be culturally different than what they may be used to," he said.
With some practice, Romig Middle School student Daphne Sagan was able to master the technique.
"The first one, I thought I was going to get it wrong. And then the second one, I knew what to do already so it was easier," Sagan said.
Romig serves nearly 750 students. Niche.com ranks it as the twenty-fifth most diverse middle school in the country.
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