Students at the Shamokin Area Middle/High School are making efforts to incorporate international cultures into the classroom. Students in Jennifer Makowski and Sue Clark's family and consumer science classes spent two days partaking in the teachings of Stephanie Whyte, a native of Calcutta, India. Stephanie's informational lessons focused on her personal experiences with authentic traditions of her Indian heritage. She devoted her time teaching the students about the perceptions of Indian culture, structure of the educational system, family traditions, family structure, arranged marriages and India's vast array of religions, cuisine, festivities and customs.

As well as opening students' minds to the culture of India, Whyte prepared an authentic meal for each class. Students sampled chicken curry, as well as kheer, a traditional Indian sweet dish. Whyte's presentation is the first step in planning and preparing for the upcoming Indian mock wedding that Makowski's classes will perform in January.