Gator Run Multi-Cultural Festival 2016
By Victoria Bonner
Edited by Press Room
Visitors learned about heritage, culture and food from 25 display booths from students home countries. Children were given passports to receive stamps from each country they visited and they had a scavenger hunt for their trip around the world. Many students enjoyed dressing in traditional dress from their home countries.
Participating countries included: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, China, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Syria, Venezuela.
Guests enjoyed an International showcase of dancing and singing. From Brazilian Capoeira, Venezuelan folk dancing, Irish and Greek Dancing, songs from Israel and music from Ecuador and Colombia. Guests had a great time taking pictures with the Statue of Liberty, under famous Greek Columns or with England’s Royal Family.
Sam Wilson on the England stand said “This event was a fine example of creativity and imagination”.
Principle Keith Peters said “I am in awe at the power of the diversity of our school. Our 2nd Annual Multicultural Festival was bigger and better than the first. I am so proud to be a part of Gator Run”.
One parent, Monica Tapia-Mularski, said “This is my first year at Gator Run (as a kindergarten mom) and my first Multicultural Festival experience. I have to say that it was a beautiful night! As a woman who is half Colombian, half Chilean – born in the United States – married to a man who is Irish and Polish … I appreciate that the PTA put on such an awesome event helping to showcase all of the diversity in our area. A great time was had by all!”
The event was organized by the Gator Run PTA. President Jessica Sullivan said:“The Festival was an amazing success because of the passion and pride our families brought to the event. The amount of time and effort that went into creating these booths to make them fun and educational was so impressive”.