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Gathering for International Night

Centreville Elementary School held its 3rd annual International Night after-

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During International Night, a banner was placed at the entrance of the cafeteria for families to write the word "welcome" in their country's language.

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Some of Centreville Elementary School’s students dressed in traditional clothing.

on Friday, Jan. 10. The event included families who brought display posters with facts about their country, clothes, artifacts and samples of food. Students also performed on the cafeteria stage.

The sixth grade orchestra performed a variety of songs from around the world and other students danced or sang a cultural song.

At the end of all the performances, students who were dressed in traditional clothing were invited to go on stage and then participated in a fashion show walk around the cafeteria.

With the help of third grade teacher Steve Thorne, PTA grant writer Nadine Kaiser, and school counselor Esther Kang, Centreville Elementary won a $5,000 Sharing-the-Dream grant from MetLife. The money was used to purchase 12 iPads for International Night so that families and visitors could scan QR codes for each country. With the incorporation of iPads and QR codes in International Night, people had more access to each country's information through the web and were able to learn and view things that can't be glued onto a poster such as a video of a dance, song or the making of a traditional dish.