ucps logo

Archived Stories for Union County Public Schools

Search by Keyword

Annual International Bazaar and Week Highlight Global Citizenship in Our Cluster

“Passport to the World” came alive this week at Marvin Ridge High School as two special events became the highlights of our annual International Week. PTSO, our cluster schools, World Language classes, and all Mavericks joined together to ponder, “What Does it Mean to Be a Global Citizen?” The best answer can be seen on the door of classroom D107, Ms. Richey’s room (pictured left) winner of the decorating contest.


For the last seven years, our World Language Department has sponsored our International Bazaar, a culture-fest evening of food, facts, and dancing, and a week of events that include door decorating, international cuisine served in our cafeteria for lunch, daily trivia contest, and a focus on globalization. This year, the event kicked-off our week on Monday, April 28. For the second year, cluster schools Rea View, Sandy Ridge, and Marvin Ridge Middle joined the celebration. Over 35 countries were represented, with special entertainment provided this year by our Maverick Dance Team, a Colombian Dancer, and the International Dancers of Sandy Ridge.


On Wednesday, April 30 the PTSO hosted a Global Author Panel beginning at 1:30 PM in our auditorium. Parents and community members were invited to attend with students for topic discussions connecting to our Community Read this year on the Middle East. We were very honored to host three well-known Middle East experts, and students were simply captivated by the story shared by Mr. Sam Wazan. He was able to make the turmoil of his younger life growing up in Lebanon, another world almost to our students, seem real and relevant to everyone. Four square miles…Mr. Wazan pointed out to students that Waxhaw is only 11.5 square miles. Imagine never being able to leave that area or fear the violence…

Special thanks to Ms. Haynes’ Speech and Debate class for doing research and preparing questions for the panelists.

Our Guests:
Mr. Sam Wazan was the keynote speaker and spoke about his book recently re-titled Trapped in Four Square Miles, a fictional account of growing up in war-torn Beirut. His book has been compared toThe Kite Runner. Please visit his website to order copies, see him speak, and for more info: www.samwazan.com

Dor Hollander, who is the outreach liason from the Jewish Federation of Charlotte, will join Mr. Wazan. Mr. Hollander grew up in Israel and moved to Charlotte to work with JFGC just a few months ago.

Melisa Stivaleti, award winning lecturer and PhD candidate in the Public Policy department of UNCC. Ms. Stivaleti has a Master’s Degree in Peace Policy from George Mason University and worked with the Bush Administration and Department of Defense prior to coming to Charlotte. She was twice deployed to Afghanistan in support of the ISAF mission where she received the Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Award.

Written by: Lisa Justice, Assistant Principal
Posted: May 04, 2014 by Lisa Justice

Back to list of stories for Union County Public Schools