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ESM hosts Festival of Nations

ESM's second annual District-wide Festival of Nations March 2 was a cultural celebration of ESM's own diversity with booths representing more than a dozen countries and regions featuring food, crafts and authentic entertainment.

Each gymnasium featured a performing arts arena where students and dancers showcased their talents.

The goal of the festival was to celebrate the diversity of the ESM district while promoting tolerance, awareness and understanding of other cultures and languages. It was held during National Foreign Language Week and included opportunities for visitors to learn simple language terms in a foreign language.

The event also featured an international dinner plate consisting of a choice of German, Italian, Indian or Japanese cuisine from Wegmans and served by ESM's culinary students.

Performers included dancers and singers representing India, Italy, Ireland, Costa Rica, Germany and France. Other entertainment included American folk music, African drums, a Japanese Martial Arts demonstration, a Korean Tae Kwon Do demonstration and ESM band performances.

The East Syracuse Minoa Education Foundation provided funding for the event. The foundation was formed to raise funds and provide financial support for ESM School District programs that are not otherwise funded by tax dollars or state and local funds. The project involved ESM's Foreign Language classes, DECA Chapter, Advance Placement (AP) World History and art classes.

In today's global society, there is a growing representation of cultures. Particularly in the United States, where immigrants have contributed to our melting pot, the awareness of diversity is necessary for students who hope to succeed in the 21st century.

The ESMEF, which bestowed the grant to help make the Festival of Nations possible, relies on community volunteers. If you are interested in lending a hand, being on a committee, or becoming involved in any way, let the foundation know by sending an e-mail to info@esmef.org or visiting them online at esmef.org.

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