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Students Celebrate Nations

In celebration of its third annual International Night, Dranesville Elementary School decorated the cafeteria, gym and lobby, while students adorned cultural costumes and attire April 29.

Students of all ages performed various traditional dances and Cantare, a Latin American group also performed.

Upon arrival, students received a passport that would allow them to visit cultural displays prepared by families of the school community.

Displays included Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Ghana, Puerto Rico, Lebanon, Jordan, Russia India, Pakistan, Iran, Chile, Netherlands, Germany, Guatemala, Sweden and Peru.

After visiting a table, passports were “stamped” with a symbol from the country.

The cultural displays included posters, maps, clothing, artwork, coins, crafts and many more items.

In addition to country displays there were craft stations, which included supplies to make friendship bracelets, African masks, Indian rangoli patterns, Chinese dragons and fans.

In addition, there was a station were children could play games from the Philippines and Australia.

Children also had the opportunity to build different types of shelters from around the world and get henna tattoos on their hands.

Students also participated in the parade of flags representing more than 40 countries.

Many of the children and their families wore traditional costumes throughout the evening.

Participants also were able to sample ethnic foods from many different parts of the world.

All About Balloons donated beautiful and colorful balloon decorations for the stage, and food items were provided by Atlanta Bread Company and The Tortilla Factory.