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Annual Cuthbertson Cluster International Festival held

CHS German teacher Daniel Sellner (right) reads a German story “mit viel Enthusiasmus” (with a lot of enthusiasm) to students at the Cuthbertson Cluster International Festival. Senior German IV Honors student Nathan Crowell (left) looks on.

Mouthwatering aromas of homemade Polish pierogies, French éclairs and cream puffs, and Korean bulgogi and chapchae greeted visitors at the annual Cuthbertson Cluster International Festival held on March 20 at Cuthbertson High School.

Kensington Elementary, New Town Elementary, Cuthbertson Middle and Cuthbertson High came together in a community event to showcase global learning.

Bright displays, arts and crafts from around the world, storytelling in multiple languages, student-created travel videos, choral singers, band music, and international art were all part of the festivities as students and their families browsed and enjoyed the various exhibits.

Students, teachers, classes and clubs all took part in the various global experiences offered. Visitors got to try their hands at multicultural crafts including Mexican papel picado (intricate paper cutting), Chinese calligraphy (artistic handwriting), German schultüte (candy cones), Spanish maracas (musical instruments), Japanese origami (paper-folding), and many others.

Food samples from around the world were offered, and visitors got a chance to try eating with chopsticks. Authentic artifacts and souvenirs from many countries were displayed.

Students and teachers offered storytelling in different languages, and various booths showcased authentic clothing representing various cultures including Hanbok, a traditional dress from Korea.

Performances were given by the CHS Chorus singing “Arirang,” a Korean folk song, and the CHS Band playing the Latin tune “Land of a Thousand Dances.” Students also enjoyed trying to put together 25 pieces of a giant mural from the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company.

CHS clubs that got involved included the German Club, Spanish Honor Society, French Club, International Club, Mural Club, BLU Club, FCCLA, Film Club, SAVE, HOSA, Chorus, and Band.

Each school in the cluster was represented with various exhibits, displays, samples, and presentations that reflected the global learning taking place among their students.

“It is always exciting to partner with our cluster schools to host an event that showcases student learning," said CHS Principal Kim Warr. "We were thrilled to host the festival as a community celebration to bring students, their families, and our schools together for a fun and educational evening.”

Click here for a short video that captures some images of the evening.

Written by: Paula White
Posted: Mar 31, 2014 by Paula White

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