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Around The World In White Rock April 3

on March 27, 2019 - 2:45pm


LAPS News:

The public is invited to travel around the world in two hours during the 8th annual Multicultural Fair at Chamisa Elementary School at 5 p.m. April 3.

Presented jointly by Chamisa Elementary and Piñon Elementary Schools, the fair offers attendees the opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity in the local community through dance, music, crafts and food tastings.

Students receive a passport to visit the many countries represented at the fair. This year will feature  Brazil, Chile, China, Ethiopia, Germany, Honduras, India, Israel, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Scotland, South Korea, Sweden, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. There also will be presentations on New Mexico historical sites, San Ildefonso and Zia Puebleos, the Sikh community, and the Basque Country Euskadi.

There will also be performances by the Bhangra Dance Troupe, Albuquerque & Four Corners Pipes & Drums, Dala Bollywood Dancers, Brady Stokes on the ukulele, the Chamisa Chimes, and the combined Chamisa and Piñon Choirs. 

Third grade students from both schools will dance with the Mariachi Sonidos Del Monte. The combined Chamisa and Piñon staff along with principals Suzanne Lynne and Ivanna Austell will perform a Hawaiian dance to “You Are My Sunshine” to end the show.

The event is organized by Renee Mitsunaga, Chamisa art teacher, and Stephanie Rittner, Piñon art teacher, along with ELL (English Language Learner) teachers Jessica Dixon and Maryam Bordbari.  According to Rittner, this event is a way of having the schools work together, and in turn, pulls the community together. “We learn from each other and celebrate each other,” Rittner said.

Students and families create presentations for the fair, showcasing countries and cultures.

“It gives students a chance to say, ‘This is me. This is where I’m from,’ and to take pride in that,” Rittner said.

“It boosts a child’s confidence,” Mitsunaga said.

In addition to the different countries being on display, there will also be information on international service programs at the schools, including the African Library projects and the African Clean Water fundraiser. The Piñon Student Council will be accepting donations of canned foods for the Los Alamos Food Pantry.

This event is free and open to the public.