This year’s International Festival was one of our best yet, even with the snow delay! To celebrate our 5th year of hosting this awesome event for the wider community, we welcomed “ambassadors” from 12 countries plus Puerto Rico! As always, one of the highlights was the many tasty foods our volunteers prepared for visitors to sample — organizer Gosia Tedawes named the Mexican hibiscus drink a favorite. Countries also offered crafts, personal photos, fascinating pieces of art and instruments, and much more. Students got their passports stamped as they walked around the room, and many also participated in a trivia scavenger hunt to find out more about the countries represented.
Diverse music filled the Big Gym throughout the festival, but two very special live performances were favorite moments for many attendees: Mrs. Weiss led the kindergarten and 1st grade classes in singing a medley of international songs, which got the younger kids in the audience moving; and a string duet from Maya Tedawes and Mia Callot got rave reviews for its precision and beauty. Thank you to our performers and Mrs. Weiss for bringing their talents to share with our International Festival attendees!
We are so grateful to our volunteers and RES students, who took so much of their time to put together this event! Special thanks to our outgoing chairs, Lisa Goldstein and Gosia Tedawes, who have both been involved with the event since its first year!
You can also read more about the International Festival on our RES PTA Facebook page, which links to some news coverage and even includes a recipe at the request of some attendees! (If there are other recipes you’d love to have from this year’s festival, let us know and we can ask the volunteers to share!) Like our page to get regular updates on our activities!
Would you like to get involved with the RES PTA’s International Festival next year? We are already planning ahead, so drop us a line to join the fun!