Chamisa And Pinon Elementary Schools Travel Around The World In White Rock During Multicultural Fair

Los Alamos High School students Shannon Pestovich, left, and Meghan Romero volunteer at one of the booths during the Chamisa Elementary and Pinon Elementary Schools’ Around the World in White Rock Multicultural Fair Wednesday night at Pinon Elementary. Pestovich explained participants can pick up a ‘passport’ booklet and collect stickers from the different booths at the fair. Once the booklet is filled, participants can return it for a prize. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Sixth grader Andres Iturregui and Sara Pocernik check out a booth about Puerta Rico during the Around the World in White Rock Multicultural Fair Wednesday at Pinon Elementary School. Pinon Art Teacher Stephanie Rittner chaired the event along with Chamisa Art Teacher Renne Mitsunaga and English Language Learner Teacher Caitlyn Bratton. Rittner said Wednesday’s fair was the seventh annual one. During the fair, Rittner said parents are invited to present their different cultures and students do projects on different countries. Additionally, this year’s fair featured Fred Simpson and Company and their African drums. Other performances were by Dances of India, a YMCA dance troupe, and Chamisa and Pinon Choirs. Plus, Chamisa and Pinon staff and principals performed a Hawaiian hula dance. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Amparo Wulf hosts a booth about Mexico. She said the booth offered fun facts about the country as well as common Spanish phrases to get children interested in the language. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Patrick Moss and Valynn Purvis participate in the multicultural fair. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Fred Simpson and Company lead a group of fifth graders in traditional African drum music during the multicultural fair. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Japa Khalsa shows off an Indian outfit during the multicultural fair. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/

Participants at the multicultural fair try out treats from around the world. Pinon Elementary School Art Teacher Stephanie Rittner, who was also one of the chairs for the event, said, ‘I think it brings the Pinon and Chamisa communities together.’ Plus, she said she loves trying out all the food, adding, the fair ‘celebrates everyone.’ Photo by Kirsten Laskey/