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GLOBE 2018 International Festival!

Our plates quite literally raneth over on the first day of fall at the annual GLOBE International Festival. This school-wide event celebrates the rich and diverse cultural heritages that make up the GLOBE Community. The party spirit started early at upper campus when GLOBE parents, teachers and staff brought in a parade of international dishes for the potluck in advance of the official program, which ran 4-6pm on Saturday September 22. Each year attendees are invited to bring in a dish that reflects their family heritage for this event, and this year did not disappoint—dozens of volunteers signed up to bring in dishes, but dozens more brought in food on top of that. It was truly a feast fit for royalty, including everything from savory meats to delicate pastries both familiar and exotic. No doubt it wasn’t only the kids that were getting exposed to new tastes!
The program included a series of performances—with an international flair, of course. All sorts of diversions from flamenco to Indian and Russian dancing to African drumming entertained the crowd, who meandered both in and out of doors enjoying the last of the year’s warm weather. Attendees could be a part of the action themselves, snapping silly
pics in the photo booth, making beaded jewelry or a French lavender sachet, folding Japanese-style origami, and getting body art like Bindi, Henna, or African tribal marks. Kids got active with favorite international pastimes like soccer (we mean—football!) and double dutch aerobics. Passports complete with stickers helped kids keep track of their “journey
around the world.”
The International Festival is truly a community event, with more than 50 volunteers helping to set up, serve, decorate, run activities, and of course, bring covered dishes. It’s a tangible way that we support our core values, chief among them inclusiveness and empathy for others. According to Melanie Anderson, co-chair, it’s “a great way to connect with people and learn more about people than are different than ourselves.” What could be more appropriate for a school whose mission is to equip students to make a positive impact in the world?
A sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU to the many community volunteers that brought this event to life and made it such a great success!
Written by GLOBE Parent, Janie Young