The International Festival (previously Harvest Fest) invites families to celebrate the cultural diversity of the Skinner North community. Like last year, we will have small booths that line the main school hallway that feature different cultures/communities/countries. Students will be given a passport that will be stamped as they visit different tables and learn more about their peers and themselves.
This year’s International Festival will include three main components, of which families are welcome to participate in one or all. These are:
Table Displays: We would like to have as many cultures/communities/countries represented as possible. Displays could include historical information, famous people, music, inventions, traditional dress, holidays, games, crafts, etc. It is completely up to the parents who are representing a culture/community/country to create their display. Last year we had 16 cultures represented including the African American community, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Israel, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Thailand.
Food: The event is a potluck and families are welcome to bring a dish from their own culture/community/culture. In line with school policy, the dish must be nut free. There should be a description of the dish provided next to it for folks to read the ingredients in case of allergies.
Cultural Performances: There is also the opportunity to provide a five-minute music/dance/artistic performance representing different cultures/communities/countries. The performances will be held on the stage in the school auditorium.
Please let us know by Friday, October 24 if you would like to be part of creating a display, contributing a dish and/or providing a cultural performance. Email Becky Belcore (Zuri’s mom, 2nd grade) at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your name, the culture/community/country you would like to work on, and your contact information. We will introduce you to others who are interested in highlighting the same culture the following week so you can work together.
If you would like sign up to volunteer for the International Festival, please click HERE. The next meeting to plan the International Festival (a combined meeting of the FoSN Social Committee and the Skinner North Diversity Committee) will be Friday, October 10 at 8:30am. Please join us if you are interested in getting more involved.
If you are interested in bringing food to share:
No party would be complete without good food to share with your Skinner North friends! Whatever your origin, consider sharing it with the school in the form of your favorite dish.
To help us prepare, we would appreciate some details. Make sure you sign up here and give us your name, the name of your recipe, and contact information so that we can email you a recipe card which you will have to bring alongside your dish.
It is essential that the dishes you bring are completely nut-free (peanuts and tree nuts). It is also essential that for the sake of religious beliefs, allergies, and dietary restrictions, all ingredients be featured on the recipe card which will be emailed to you. Finally, you will be responsible for claiming your empty dish at the end of the event (or bring a disposable one).
If your dish represents your country of origin, write the name of the country or region and draw a flag on the recipe card. This will be a great way to showcase your heritage! Lastly, consider sharing your recipe with the school for the 2014-2015 Skinner North Cookbook. You can email Carine Harambillet-Sharp directly with a recipe (preferably in Word format) at email@example.com.
Thanks so much and we look forward to a great International Festival!