Correction, 7:40 p.m.: Kamil Bryan will be a high school senior.
NORWALK, Conn. – Each year the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program students who are sent to the South Norwalk Library help with library duties in addition to being assigned to create a project on their own. They are given one to two hours a few days a week to meet and work on their project.
This year, students Kamil Bryan, Abigail Robert, Arielle Robert, and Hailey Roy created the program An International Evening, held Tuesday at the South Norwalk Library. The evening entailed crafts, a guess the flag game, speakers from Ecuador, India, Jamaica, Japan and great food. The food included empanadas from Latin America, quimbolitos from Ecuador, banana pudding African American style, curry chicken and rice and peas from Jamaica, tacos from Mexico, black rice and fried plantain from Haiti, Rice and Beef from the Dominican Republic, kesari from India, and more.
- Kamil Bryan is heading into her senior year at Brien McMahon High School. Her favorite subjects are English and history. Kamil is looking forward to attending Syracuse University in Syracuse New York.
- Abigal Robert will enter her junior year at Brien McMahon High School. Her favorite subjects are art and English.
- Arielle Robert, Abigail’s fraternal twin sister, is also heading into her junior year at Brient McMahon High School. Her favorite subjects are English, history and film.
- Hailey Roy will be a junior at Norwalk High School. Her favorite subject is math.
The girls were also given the option to have their own summer book club in order to bond and read together. They decided to have the club and of the books introduced to them, they chose The Other Side of Truth by Beverly Naidoo. The book was published in 2002 and won the Carnegie Medal for Children’s Literature. It’s about two children whose journalist father has them smuggled out of Nigeria to escape the repercussions of his outspoken journalism. The smuggler is paid to get them to his brother in London, but not to care or to babysit. When they get to London and find that their uncle’s number is disconnected and the smuggler leaves them, they have to figure things out for themselves.
Mayor Rilling, Senator Bob Duff, and Darlene Young who runs the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program stopped by to mingle with a highly diverse crowd and to congratulate the young ladies on their leadership and teamwork.
Hailey Roy, who volunteered at the South Norwalk Branch Library during the spring, will join the library team as a shelver.