ROXBURY, NJ - More than 500 people attended this year's version of  the Global Hi-5 Multi-Cultural Expo, a program in Roxbury High School that featured students representing their cultures through music and dance performances, diversity of cuisines, crafts, culture and history.

The visitors of the Feb. 16 event immersed themselves in various cultures and stamped their “passports” as they experienced an trip throughout the world visiting the countries represented.

More than 25 participants and community members volunteered to share their cultures, including people from the district schools, school clubs, scout troops, community organizations and businesses.

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Marcia Cordiero, one of the event co-coordinators and a foreign language teacher at Eisenhower Middle School said the event "served as a gigantic stepping stone, bridging the gap between cultures within our community." She said it "contributed and helped our community’s awareness of the cultural diversity that surrounds us without us even knowing it.”

Cordiero said she the annual "awesome" event is important "because it goes hand-in-hand with our district’s mission to be a dynamic and thriving district, in partnership with a supportive and collaborative community while inspiring and empowering all of its learners to flourish as ethical and global citizens in the 21st century.”The goal, she said, is for people to become "global citizens."