Local Children Host International Summer Village to Learn Just How Wonderful Every Culture But Their Own Is


international summer villageHOLDEN, Maine — The 11-year-olds who recently arrived in Maine for the Children’s International Summer Village are from across the globe and are all different, but the same. “It doesn’t matter where they’re from — they’re just like us,” said Valerie Maurais of Old Town, director of the summer village, a program started in 1951 by Old Town native Doris Twitchell Allen. A monthlong international children’s village, designed to teach young people from around the world that peace is a better alternative to war, is sponsored every four years by the Maine Chapter of Children’s International Summer Village. This year’s village is dubbed, “Artists of the World: Creating a MasterPeace.” “The kids learn to live together and they experience each other’s cultural diversity,” Maurais said. (read more at the Bangor Daily News)

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