SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Family and friends, along with district administrators, members of the board of education and former teachers, gathered at Roosevelt Elementary School on Jan. 27 for the 21st Annual Multicultural Celebration.

“Welcome to our 21st Multicultural Celebration and thank you to all our guests and community members for coming today,” said Principal Robert Diehl. “You are really in for a treat… we hope you enjoy the show.”

In the months leading up to Friday’s celebration, Roosevelt students in kindergarten through fourth grade have been studying different countries and continents and creating art projects. The students also learned dances and songs and, at Friday’s multicultural celebration, had the opportunity to perform some of them under the direction of music director Sharon Perez for the standing room only crowd gathered.

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Kindergartners, who studied Africa, performed “Funga Alfia” and “Turn This World Around” while the first grade class studied Australia and performed “Click Go the Shears” and “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport,” receiving some assistance from Principal Diehl on guitar. The second classes learned about Asia and performed the “Jasmine Flower Song” and “Chichipapa.”

Third grade classes learned about Europe and performed “Ton Moulin” and “Bella Bimba” as well as a peace and unity song entitled “We All Sing with the Same Voice” and were joined with the school’s LAMP students. Additionally, Roosevelt’s fourth grade classes studied both North and South America, performing “A Way to America” and “Azinga Za.” This year’s multicultural celebration concluded with all the students and teachers joining together for a finale of “We are Roosevelt’s Children.”

Many students also attended school dressed for the celebration, adorning articles of clothing representative of their heritage, including saris, cheongsams, kilts, yarmulkes, and more.

“We are really proud to have been able to bring this performance to you. It is one of the wonderful things we are able to do together, as a group,” said Diehl. “The boys and girls really did practice so hard so so long and today they really delivered.”TAPinto South Plainfield is South Plainfield’s only free daily paper. Sign up to get all the news as it happens at and follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at @SoplainfieldTAP.