WARREN, NJ - International Day is a time-honored tradition in Warren Township elementary schools, a chance for students and staff to embrace and celebrate cultures and customs from around the world. Organized by creative and hard-working members of the school PTOs, International Day is always a colorful display that combines dance, music, art, history, cuisine and just plain fun.
There was dancing in Greece, Taekwondo in Korea and live sitar music in India at Mt. Horeb School on March 30. Students tossed pizza dough in Italy and visited Israel to learn about its rich history. When the day was done, youngsters had visited a dozen countries without leaving the walls of their own school.
Students at Angelo L. Tomaso School traveled to Ireland to learn Irish step dancing and to Israel to learn its language and tradition. PTO members coordinated with music, art and classroom teachers on Feb. 10 to create musical instruments, artwork and writing pieces associated with both countries.
“International Day at ALT was a tremendous success! We are truly appreciative of all the parent support from our PTO,” said principal Christine Smith. “They transformed our all-purpose room into an international setting with flags draped along the ceiling and markets set up with brilliant foods and artifacts from both countries. The students can't help but to be inspired with curiosity and wonder about other countries beyond ours.”
At Central School, among the many activities, K-5 students visited the Great Barrier Reef and learned how to play the didgeridoo in Australia, sampled mousee au chocolate and conversed with Claude Monet in France, and celebrated the music and traditions of Mexico on March 17.
And on March 31, during a day full of wonder, Woodland students also journeyed to the Land Down under to meet The Lizard Guy and a few of his animals, enjoyed polka and the “Chicken Dance” in Germany, took a virtual field trip to Galway, Ireland, listened to the sounds of the dhol drum in India, and visited Mexico for a mariachi band performance.
PHOTO #1 - Mt. Horeb 5th graders (L-R) Alek Bergners, Jordan Bash and Luke Liberti don sombreros (and mustaches) for a visit to Mexico on International Day on March 30.
PHOTO #2 - Central kindergartner Isabella Lofling has fun dancing to Australian didgeridoo music during Central’s International Day celebration on March 17.
PHOTO #3 - ALT’s Madison Landau (5th), Flynn Brezee (3rd) and Elisabeth Decker (5th) try Irish Step Dancing on International Day on Feb. 10.
PHOTO #4 - Woodland third graders enjoy the “Chicken Dance” and polka during a visit to Germany on March 31.
PHOTO #5 - Elementary PTO members in Warren Township Schools create colorful displays chock full of information about the customs and cultures of countries around the world.