Benjamin Rush Elementary School celebrated its 13th annual International Night on April 25.
More than 500 people attended to enjoy country displays, food, games and conversation. Students at Rush speak more than 35 different languages, according to a press release. The International Night event had representation from India, China, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, Iran and many others.
The event kicked off with kids marching around the venue in a parade with flags from all over the world. Families then checked out displays and sampled treats and played games from different countries.
“I loved seeing students proudly waving the flags from their country of origin,” a parent from Iran said in the release. “The opportunity to learn about the many different cultures in our school was much appreciated. The booths were interactive and fun and the food was delicious.”
Rush teacher Noah Wilson, who was also at the event, said in the release, “International Night provided a forum for rich and engaging conversations about culture and heritage that may not have happened at other after school events or conferences. It was insightful, fun and educational.”
Not only did they eat and play games, but they learned as well.
A student, Uri, said in the release, “I liked the different cultures and the special pieces of the world that were there.”
Another student, Rithvik, added in the release that he appreciated “that there were so many people who came from different countries.”