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Roxbury Schools Go Global with Annual Multicultural Expo

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Roxbury Schools Go Global with Annual Multicultural Expo

Colombia represented at 2019 Global Hi-5 with food, color, and artifacts  

ROXBURY, NJ (March 7, 2019) – The Roxbury High School Dining Hall was jam packed with color, food, performances,  spectators, and energy at the fourth annual Global Hi-5 Multicultural Expo on February 21st. More than 500 students, organizations, families, and community members came out to take part in this festive event. 

EMS Spanish Club at 2019 Global Hi-5 Marcia Cordeiro, one of the four expo organizers, Roxbury staff member, and parent shared that this event is a way to “experience the gift of one HUMAN race and its multisensory cultural diversity in CommUNITY.” The other committee members included current and former parents, Michelle Danielson and Vasiliki Tsigas-Fotinis, and RHS student Justin Cordeiro. 

The event invited tourists to get their passports stamped while their five senses were tantalized through international expressions of cuisine, music, arts, crafts, costumes, dance performances, and so much more! In addition to the 14 country expos (filled with artifacts, food, brochures, fun-facts, posters, pictures, and instruments, etc.) to visit there was continuous entertainment going on at center stage and for the second year they had an Olympic-style parade of international costumes ending with a community circle dance activity. 

“Our hope was for attendees to gain awareness of our community’s multicultural identity that makes us one! Our community needs to be inclusive of all people, regardless of our differences. Events like these help create stepping stones to bridge the gaps between cultures. By reaching out to all parts of the community and involving people on a regular basis allows us to foster good communication with each other.” 

This collaborative event is organized by the Roxbury School District staff, students, parents, and community members. Roxbury Schools participating organizations included the Eisenhower Middle School and Roxbury High School Spanish Clubs, Key Club, National Honor Society, French Club, and RHS mini-THON. These organizations are run by advisors and student members. 

Countries on display along with those that represented them were:

  • Argentina – Michelle Danielson and Oscar Raimondo
  • Columbia – Camila Gil and Family, Emilia Stumpo, Noches De Columbia, and EMS Spanish Club
  • Ecuador – Marcia Cordeiro, the Galván family, and the EMS Spanish Club
  • Greece – Fotinis Family and Friends
  • India – Uma Devi and Umadevi Yerubothu
  • Malawi – Michael Gottfried and the RHS Key Club
  • Mexico – Jenna Waldron, Diya Narayan, Riviera Maya, and the EMS Spanish Club
  • Netherlands – Madison Latella, RHS Alumni (Class of 2018)
  • Nigeria – Ugonna and Donald Egbuchulam and Wendy Neal
  • Norway – Sons of Norway – Nor Bu Lodge
  • Perú – Leonor Egusquiza, Dover School District
  • Romania – Cristina and Michael Lopez
  • Spain – Maria Jose Navarro, RHS Spanish Club
  • United States – Roxbury Boy Scout Troop 188 

Performances this year included:

  • La Vie en Rose – performed by Danielle Doherty (French Club)
  • Drift Away and Country Roads – Roxbury Boy Scout Troop 188
  • On Keyboard and Guitar – performed by Omar Abdallah and David Cambiotti
  • Wick-Hegart’s School of Irish Dance
  • Los Mariachis – Angeles de Puebla
  • Namaste India – Performers included Vaishnavi, Reva, Isabella, Manasvi, Isha
  • Dreams Dance Studio -- Kayla Salazar
  • Dancing Salsa – Esa Mujer by Oscar de Leon 

Other participating organizations and businesses included:

  • Dreams Dance Studio
  • Noches De Colombia Restaurant
  • Riviera Maya Restaurant 

“It was great to see and experience the local cultures of the school district. The students and our neighbors in Roxbury shared languages, cultures, food, and dance. All to raise awareness and for us to demonstrate to our young people how important it is to recognize the cultures we all come from.” 

Adding, “We would like to extend a huge and heartfelt thank you to all of our participants. The people, the colors, the food, the artifacts, the music, the performances, and the energy! All UNIFIED as Global Citizens! A simply amazing display of cultures.” 

PHOTO ATTACHED (courtesy of Roxbury High School)

VIDEO ATTACHED (courtesy of Roxbury High School)

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For more information, contact: Roxbury Community School/Community Relations Coordinator Ann Rhodes at arhodes@roxbury.org or 973-584-7699.

 

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Roxbury Public Schools is a K-12 school district preparing the children of today for tomorrow. As a dynamic and thriving district, in partnership with a supportive and collaborative community, Roxbury Public Schools inspires and empowers all learners to flourish as ethical and global citizens in the 21st century. The district serves students throughout Roxbury Township, New Jersey, including the areas of Landing, Kenvil, Succasunna, Ledgewood, Mount Arlington, Port Morris, Flanders, and Wharton. Connect with us online at www.roxbury.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RoxburyPublicSchools.