Friday, April 26, 2013

International Day

Chloe's elementary school hosts an International Day annually and represents the multi-cultural make-up of Chloe's school. Each country represented has children within the school of that cultural heritage. This year there were many countries represented--
Great Britain
India
Cuba
Spain
Greece
Sweden
China
Japan
Korea
Guatemala
Phillipines
Poland
Thailand
Italy
Norway
Ireland
The Parade of Nations


Tradition has it that every year International Day begins with the Chinese Dragon Dance.

Last night was International Night for the families and included dances and songs performed by the children and booths telling some history of each country along with a sampling of foods the country is known for. During school on Friday, each of the classes will visit the displays.

Chloe represented China along with many other children of Chinese heritage. They performed a Tai Chi fan dance. They have been rehearsing for a few weeks and last night was a culmination of lots of practice and preparation on the part of both the students and parents.
Chloe is the third girl from the right (in a deep squat).

 


I'm glad that Chloe is confident and proud of her cultural heritage. I am also glad that she can go to school in a place that welcomes diversity and celebrates it.

Some of the Chinese fan dance performers in front of the China display.

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