SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The multipurpose room of the Appleby School was alive with music, food, art and fun on Thursday evening as the Spotswood School District celebrated its cultural diversity. The school was the site of the second Live Cultural Walk Through Museum hosted by the Spotswood PTA. It was first held last June and was a huge success for the PTA and the district. This year the cultural event was held on January 30 with Spotswood PTA volunteers Jenalyn Engstrom and Crystal Millan at the helm once again. More than 20 different countries were represented with many families dressing in traditional clothing. Most exhibits features food samples, crafts and games. The evening even included a musical portion as well as some Irish dancing.
Mike Montrey from the Mike Montrey Band performed a couple of acoustic folk songs to go along with a folk music inspired table. Montrey's son Jack, who is a student at Appleby, introduced each of his dad's songs. In 2018, Montrey was named the Top Male Artist by NJ Stage and spent a large portion of the year touring after the release of the band's critically acclaimed "John Street." The night also included a visit from News 12 New Jersey. The televison station filmed a segment on the event that will be aired some time next week.
The goal of the evening was to expose Spotswood School District students to cultural diversity through art, literature, music and food. As a warm up to the two-hour family-friendly event, Appleby and Schoenly students attended an assembly in the afternoon featuring Mexican traditional dances. "Mexico Beyond the Mariachi" visited the two youngest schools in the district during the school day to showcase Mexican music and dances.