Passports in hand, Teasley Elementary School students recently took a trip around the world without leaving Cobb County.
The students tasted food from Morocco, Vietnam, Norway and more. They tried on traditional Japanese kimonos, learned about the art of origami and watched martial arts demonstrations. The students explored the cultures of countries ranging from Afghanistan to Australia as part of Teasley’s fifth annual International Night.
“One of the unique features that makes Teasley so special is the diversity of our students,” said Teasley Elementary Principal Leslie Mansfield. “International Night gives us the perfect opportunity to celebrate that diversity and learn about the heritage of our families.”
Families from various countries worked together to prepare food and provide cultural entertainment and education about the traditions of their countries. Students received passports to “travel the world” and sample the exciting experiences offered by the 18 countries on exhibit.
The students contributed to the cultural lessons by performing traditional Indian, Chinese and Spanish Flamenco dances. A mariachi band also serenaded the crowd.
“When we hosted our first International Night in 2012, we were thrilled to see so many English as a Second Language (ESOL) families attend because our goal was to make all families feel welcomed and even honored” said Principal Mansfield. “After the event each year, we see more ESOL families volunteer as readers in the classroom, join their children for lunch in the cafe and even volunteer at events. International Night is just a wonderful way for our ESOL families to feel accepted and know they are special members of our Teasley community!”