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Brief: Boyd School Celebrates Diversity at International Festival

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Ceyla and Selim Karabulut at the Herndon Campus of The Boyd School at the International Festival.

The Boyd School hosted their annual International Children’s Festival on Saturday, May 4, and students, parents, staff and friends participated in the celebration of diversity of the school and the neighboring community.

The classrooms were transformed into various areas of the world with traditional decorations and music. Families had the opportunity to “travel” around the world in a single morning without the hassle of going through customs, although each child did receive a Boyd School passport.

Families at The Boyd School-Herndon Campus had the opportunity to create many culturally diverse art projects including collages inspired by the work of French artist Henri Mattise, traditional African masks, Hawaiian leis, Chinese lanterns, fusion watercolor paintings and sand art. Families even had the opportunity to experience what life might be like in Antarctica by simulated ice fishing and creating penguin silhouette art projects.

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Busra and Mehmet Ali Gurdogan with their mom at the Reston Campus of The Boyd School.

The smells from around the world were all around The Boyd School-Reston Campus during their International Festival as families contributed various traditional homemade dishes. The wonderful food was enjoyed as families and children had the opportunity to learn about the customs of Mexico and those from throughout the continent of Europe.

Every year the creativity of the teachers and parent volunteers make this annual event one of the highlights of the school year. The school community joins to celebrate diversity by sharing cultures from around the world and providing an opportunity for Boyd School families to share their personal heritage with the school community.

The Boyd School is one of five schools in Virginia that is fully accredited by AdvancED (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and the American Montessori Society. For more information on Montessori education and The Boyd School visit: www.theboydschool.com.

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Ashvika and Adhvik Vinodh with their parents at the Herndon Campus on International Children’s Festival day Saturday, May 4.