The hallways of Jefferson Road Elementary School were transformed to represent each continent in honor of the school’s International Day celebration May 18.
International Day provided students with the opportunity to learn about different cultures through interactive learning experiences.
Throughout the day, students enjoyed performances from special guests Annette Ramos, Latina Storyteller and founder of the Rochester Latino Theater Co.; and Rebeca Tomas, a Flamenco dancer from Al Palo Seco Flamenco Co.
“Each hallway of the school was decorated to represent a particular continent, and students learned about different countries at informational booths run by volunteers, consisting mostly of students’ family members,” said Shawn Clark, principal at Jefferson Road Elementary School.
Students also had the opportunity to volunteer for a good cause by working together to package meals for Rise Against Hunger’s international meal packaging program. Rise Against Hunger is a nonprofit organization that provides food and aid to individuals in need. Many of the dehydrated meal packages benefit school meal programs in developing countries. In total, Jefferson Road students assembled 34,000 meal packages.
“International Day is a wonderful opportunity to share with students the values of diversity and inclusion,” said Pittsford Central School District Superintendent Michael Pero. “Through hands-on learning and volunteering, we hope that students walked away from the event with a greater appreciation for different cultures and develop an interest in helping others.”