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New Salem Holds 2nd Annual International Festival

New Salem Elementary School held its 2nd Annual Community-wide International Festival on Thursday evening, March 24, 2011 from 6:30-8:30 pm. The theme for the event was “Wide World of Learning” which supports the Union County Public School’s globalization mission by encouraging communication, acceptance, understanding, and collaboration in a diverse, interdependent world.
The event began with an assembly program for all participants in the school’s auditorium. A parade of nations started the program with approximately 25 students dressing up in costume to represent various countries from around the world. The New Salem AIG students then narrated a video entitled, “Miniature Earth” which teaches about the current diversity of the world by shrinking the population down to a representative 100 people. The highlight of the assembly program was an African dance and drum presentation by the Oneaka Dance Company from Charlotte, North Carolina.
Following the assembly program, participants were provided with a choice of five break-out session to attend. The Global Storytelling session featured New Salem staff members Tammy Parker, Cheryl Batten, Kerri Mosley, Amy Little, Janet McGarvie and Juliet Banning as they demonstrated the potential trials of a multicultural classroom on the first day of school where the majority of the students speak different languages and have various cultural beliefs. Throughout the school year, students have created art work that is representative of their focus country of study. The International Student Art Exhibit provided an opportunity for the community to enjoy these beautiful pieces of artwork. Providing music for the art exhibit was Mrs. Susan Griffin playing the Irish Folk Harp. A third break-out session was Wide World of Dance where the New Salem Dance Club taught both students and parents how to dance the “Macarena”. In a fourth break-out session located in the school’s computer lab, families worked together to create and print their own family crest using an on-line program. The final break-out option was an interactive session with the Oneaka Dance Company where participants learned African Dance steps as well as had the opportunity to play the drums.
This International Festival is just a small part of the school’s overall globalization focus. Last year, New Salem Elementary was one of only three schools across the district to be recognized as an International School through the UCPS Global Schools program. 


Written by: Neil Hawkins, Principal
Posted: Apr 07, 2011 by Gina James

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