Friday, October 9 was a busy day at Collegiate School. From an informational debate about the Syrian refugee crisis, to the football and volleyball games, it was a great last day for the international students at the IELC Conference. After a long week for the senior and junior ambassadors, a final presentation took place from the international students in the Estes Student Center at the Lower School. With the football game and volleyball games going on as well, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. the Cultural Fair was a success for the Collegiate community.
All last week, senior and junior ambassadors worked tirelessly to host international students from ten different countries. In an attempt to include the entire community, there were Middle School class visits and Upper School debates. To expose the Lower School to the conference, international students visited their classrooms and presented their countries in Estes Student Center on Friday.
Each country presented on stage a dance, poetry reading, and/or song, sometimes while dressed in their native attire. Each country also had a table to represent their country’s culture with delicious and generous gifts from their country to give to the Collegiate community. Lower School students were given pretend passports where they could go around to each country and get them stamped. This creative idea encouraged them to go to each country’s booth and interact with the international students, while also getting some goodies.
The fair is a great way for Upper School students who were not apart of the main conference to engage with the international students. Mackenzie Meadows (16’) especially likes the fair for this reason and “always enjoys meeting some of the students and eating yummy food.” Many Collegiate students were raving about the delicious food that countries had at their tables. Especially Morgan Gutenberger (‘16), who “wish [she] had more” after enjoying a piece of bread with olive oil and sugar from Spain. Mr. Hickman was also spotted at the Mexico table taking pictures with the students. Another popular gift was the glass-shaped like candy at the Italy table that was gone in minutes. Both Italy and France tables had Nutella, which resulted in many stamps from those countries and a shortage of Nutella.
It’s safe to say the community enjoyed a great exposure to other cultures, while also savoring the delicious food!
All photos by Eleanor Dillon.