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Parkwood Faculty and Students Host International Festival
An important mission of Union County Public Schools is to ensure that all students graduate as globally competitive members of society. In March, members of the globalization committee and students from 6th, 7th and 8th grade held an International Festival in an effort to expose the Parkwood community to cultures outside of their own.
Visitors to the International Festival were treated to a fashion show, artwork, and several performances by PWMS Chorus, Band, and Theatre students. Organized by Ms. Townsend, Ms. Wendling, and Ms. Higgins, the cafeteria hosted dozens of 6th, 7th and 8th graders dressed in the clothing of many cultures. Posed next to posters detailing information about their area of the world, students spoke with attendees about their culture, explaining what they were wearing and how it was influenced by the climate, work, and history of the people.
Lining the entrance to the fashion show were several art projects created by Ms. Howie’s students. The sculpted hands featured Henna styled tattoos, popular in India’s culture. People could also view a map of the world entitled “Our Faculty Travels”, which was studded with flags indicated the many places members of our faculty have been.
Finally, those in attendance were treated to a joint performance by Chorus, Band, and Theatre students. Under the direction of Mr. NeSmith, the 8th grade chorus sang Michael Buble’s “Sway” while accompanied by the PWMS Jazz band led by Mr. Sale and Mr. Wallace. As the music played, Ms. DePietro’s Advanced Drama students performed a Cha Cha routine, a dance that originated in Cuba and became popular in the United States in the 1950’s.
Those who visited this year’s International Festival enjoyed exposure to a number of different cultures. It was both an enjoyable and educational experience for everyone, and we look forward to the event next year.
Written by: Nicole DePietro, PWMS Drama teacher
Posted: Apr 20, 2015 by Lisa Chapman