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Whitehurst Campus International Festival Celebrates Global Diversity


More than a dozen Bolles families representing 12 countries shared and celebrated their cultural heritage at the third annual Whitehurst International Festival on October 11.

The morning began with a special Flag ceremony, where Grade 4 students performed “Sisi Ni Moja” with direction from lower school music teacher Beth Zerkowski. Then, each presenting student introduced themselves and the country or culture they were representing at the festival.

Next, students began 20-minute rotations through families' cultural presentations. Families and groups were stationed in classrooms throughout campus. They shared history, geography, traditions, clothing, food, music and dance from the culture they represented. Many presenters showcased photos and videos and some included single-servings of food for each visiting class.

International Festival presenters and the countries/cultures they represented included:

  • The Berwald Family, Israel
  • The Agarwal Family, India
  • The Yazgi Family, Syria
  • The Mechoso Family, Cuba
  • The Grover Family, India
  • The Chatani Family, Jamaica
  • The Sabareesh Family, United Arab Emirates
  • The Katugaha Family, Sri Lanka
  • The Zehg, Yao & Oh Families, China & Korea
  • The Le/Schofield Families, Vietnam & Thailand
  • The Soares Family, Brazil

This year, the International Festival also featured a Discoteca for students in the Science Lab as well as a West African drum activity led by Zerkowski in The Arnold Family Outdoor Learning Center. For photos from the Whitehurst International Fair, visit our online gallery here.