Students, families go around the world in one night at Minot Forest
Traveling to 18 countries in one day might sound exhausting.
Students at Minot Forest Elementary disagreed, managing to add a host of stamps to their passport without even leaving Minot Forest’s cafeteria.
The March 16 travel frenzy was the result of International Night, a yearly event at the elementary school, which aims to introduce students to cultures around the world.
“It’s a great way to give the students a hands-on look at other cultures,” said event organizer Laura Pol, a third grade teacher at Minot Forest.
The students received their passports at the door, and were encouraged to get the them stamped at as many different tables as possible. Those with a full passport at the end of the night were awarded a prize.
Eighteen tables were placed around the cafeteria, each representing a different culture and country.
Cultures present included Rappahannock (Native America), China, South Korea, Cambodia, Japan, Sri Lanka, Germany, Sweden, Scotland, Italy, Ireland, Ecuador, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Cape Verde, Egypt and Puerto Rico.
Each table presented different foods, clothing, books and cultural items.
Morocco’s display included Moroccan leather sandals and a newspaper written in Arabic. Italy’s table provided a list of basic phrases. Sweden’s display boasted a Swedish Dala horse and traditional coffee bread, whose sugary cinnamon flavor was a hit.
The tables were staffed by families, teachers, students, local community groups, and even Wareham Public Schools’ Global Education Team.
The Global Education team, who has established a close relationship with a sister school in China, not only staffed China’s table, they also provided information for families interested in hosting an international student.
In addition, Cape Cod African Dance and Drum and Kaleidoscope of Dance and Gymnastics both offered performances and lessons in international dances.
Other performances included the CARE After School Violins group, and an Irish stepdance performance by second grader Shannon Daly.