Greensboro Montessori School welcomes families from all cultures and ethnicities, with over 20 different languages spoken in our families’ homes and people of color representing 27% of our student population. The International Fair is an annual celebration of this rich diversity.
Organized and hosted by the Greensboro Montessori School Community Association (GMSCA), the 2018 International Fair is a two-week event, which kicks off on Monday, May 7. Community volunteers – students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of the School – will share their native countries, cultures, and customs with students through individual classroom presentations. The specific countries about which our students will learn are Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, French Polynesia, Ghana, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Panama, Romania, and Scotland. These presentations will run through Thursday, May 17.
The 2018 International Fair will conclude with an all-school assembly the morning of Friday, May 18. Our students will enjoy a robust program featuring:
- Internationally themed songs performed by Primary, Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary students
- Columbian folk dance presented by Upper Elementary students, led by Rossana Aranda, a member of our Spanish faculty
- Traditional dress exhibit highlighting South American cultures
- Guest performance by the Walsh Kelley School of Irish Dancing
- Unveiling of a collaborative student art project featuring expressions of peace
Our students, themselves, will also star in the assembly, as we invite them to wear traditional, cultural dress to school on Friday, May 18. Whether students want to share their personal cultural heritage through dress, or wear traditional clothes from a culture different from their own, we welcome all forms of cultural expression on this special day.
We look forward to a delightful two weeks commemorating our community’s rich, cultural diversity and Dr. Maria Montessori’s commitment to peace education. Please ask your children to share what they’ve learned from their classroom presentations and visit our Photo Gallery in late May to enjoy the best moments from the International Fair.