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Roxbury Schools Go Global with Annual Multicultural Expo


Roxbury Schools Go Global with Annual Multicultural Expo

Roxbury's Global Hi 5

ROXBURY, NJ (February 27, 2020) – The Roxbury High School Dining Hall was again alive with color, food, performances, spectators, and energy at the fifth annual Global Hi-5 Multicultural Expo on February 20th. More than 400 students, organizations, families, and community members came out to take part in this festive event. 

Marcia Cordeiro, one of the 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 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 16 country expos (filled with artifacts, food, brochures, fun-facts, posters, pictures, and instruments, etc.) to visit there was continuous entertainment going on. 

Cyprus at the Global Hi-5 “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, French Club, RoxTHON, and Roxbury’s Robotics Program, and Roxbotix Team. These organizations are run by advisors and student members. 

Countries on display along with those that represented them were:

  • Argentina – Michelle Danielson and family
  • Chile – Christina Buck from Boonton Schools
  • Colombia – Marilyn Romero, Martinez Family, Noches De Columbia, and EMS Spanish Club
  • Costa Rica – Henry, Lourdes, Sophie and David Navarro
  • Cypress – Flora Frangoudis and Eleni Boyadjis
  • Dominican Republic – Monica Marcano and family
  • Ecuador – Marcia Cordeiro, Marcia and Peggy Galván, Maria Alarcón, and the EMS Spanish Club
  • Geometry – Maryann Paschal Brinkley
  • Greece – Fotinis Family and Friends
  • Italy – Danielle Faroldi, Amanda DeCraine and the EMS students
  • Mexico –Riviera Maya and the EMS Spanish Club
  • Norway – Sons of Norway – Nor Bu Lodge (Norwegian waffles)
  • Perú – Nelly Ratto
  • Polonia – Behrens Family, Blakut Family, EMS Staff: Robert Capra, Shawn Smith, and Daniel Pojedinec
  • Spain – Maria Jose Navarro, RHS Spanish Club and Anthony Sessa, EMS Spanish Club
  • EMS Spanish Club at the Global Hi-5 United States – Roxbury Boy Scout Troop 188 

Performances this year included:

  • Spanish Guitars performed by Wilson Galvan and Gustavo Romero
  • German/Swiss/Polka on the Accordion performed by Russ Koch
  • Dream Dance Studios
  • Los Mariachis performed by Angeles de Puebla
  • Les Feuilles Mortes performed by Danielle Doherty
  • Los Choleros performed by Sierra y Oriente Ecuatoriano 

Other participating organizations and businesses included:

  • Dreams Dance Studio
  • Noches De Colombia Restaurant
  • Riviera Maya Restaurant
  • Roxbury Boy Scouts Troop #188
  • Red Bulls – Brandon Medina & Marco Matute 

“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 express our heartfelt thank you for attending our 5th Global Hi-5 Multicultural Expo. We would especially like to thank all of our “Countries” and groups that participated to make this a great event. Without their love of their respective countries and cultures, this great country and this event would not be possible. We feel it is important to show our diversity, not just in Roxbury, but in the world. We are all one people who share a love of different cultures.” 

PHOTO ATTACHED (courtesy of Roxbury High School)

VIDEO ATTACHED (courtesy of Roxbury High School)



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



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 or on Facebook at