SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Roosevelt students, many adorning clothing to represent their heritage, traveled the globe on Jan. 31 for the school’s 24th Annual Multicultural Day Celebration.

During the course of the school year, lessons on the different continents were incorporated into the classroom. Students also worked with music teacher Sharon Perez and Spanish teacher Cynthia Obando to learn the songs they performed for family, friends and special guests at last Friday's event.

“Today is about celebrating the cultures that make up our great school nation,” said Dr. Robert Goman, principal of Roosevelt School in his welcoming remarks.

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This year, kindergartners studied Africa and performed “Funga Alfia” and “Turn This World Around;” first graders went ‘down under’ to Australia and performed “Click Go the Shears” and “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport;” second graders learned about Asia and performed the “Bahay Kubo” and “Fung Yang Song” as well as “De Colores;” and fourth grader studied both North and South America and performed “Away to America” and “Azing-A Za.” Additionally, third graders learned about Europe and performed “There’s a Fiesta,” “Bella Bimba,” “Mi Vicunita” and “We All Sing with the Same Voice.”  

This year’s Multicultural Day Celebration concluded with the study body, faculty and staff joining together in a finale of “We Are Roosevelt’s Children.” During the afternoon, classes also took part in learning activities to celebrate their respective continents.

Goman extended thanks to Ms. Perez and Ms. Obando as well as to art teacher Melanie Glowacki for helping the students with the Multicultural Day art display and program, and the classroom teachers for preparing the students, noting in the event program that he is ‘very fortunate to have a staff that takes pride in our school and the instruction that takes place.’

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