The Roxbury High School Dining Hall was jam packed with color, food, performances, spectators, and energy at the third annual Global Hi-5 Multicultural Expo on February 16th.
More than 300 students, organizations, families, and community members came out to take part in this festive event.
Go Global Multicultural Expo - 2018
Marcia Cordeiro, Eisenhower Middle School’s World Language teacher and expo organizer shared, “We had an awesome turn out and all 23 countries were represented promoting all of the multi-sensory diversity and global awareness of our event’s message.”
Adding, “This event is dear to my heart! I arrived in the United States at the age of 13 years old to Belleville, NJ where in my ESL class, I was surrounded by a multicultural and diverse student population. This event has been a personal dream come true.”
The event brought together a variety of cultures by sharing cuisine, music, art, crafts, costumes, dance performances and so much more. In addition to the country expos (filled with artifacts, food, brochures, fun-facts, posters, pictures, and instruments, etc.) to visit there was continuous entertainment going on on center stage.
“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 include the Multicultural Club, Eisenhower Middle School and Roxbury High School Spanish Clubs, Key Club, Student Council, Honor Society, and French Club. These organizations are run by advisors and student members.
Participating outside organizations and community members from all over New Jersey took part in this event as well. Those groups included Los Quetzales Mexican Dance Ensemble, Dreams Dance Studio, Noches De Colombia Restaurant, Rivera Maya Restaurant, Roxbury Scout Troops #188 and #54, Shen Yun Promotions International, Ukrainian American Cultural Center of NJ, Nor Bu Lodge, and Wick-Hegarty’s School of Irish Dance. Individuals and families participating include Michelle Danielson, Flora Frangoudis, Eleni Sergiou, Marina Montoya, Marcia Cordeiro, the Galván family, the Correa family, Jennifer Wilkerson, Maryann Paschal Brinkley, the Fotinis family and friends, Vidya Manohar, Madison Latella, Leonor Egusquiza, Samantha Gorman, Maria Jose Navarro, Zina Alani Mougharbel, and Sue Anderson.
- The Jaiho Dance Indian Performance by beautiful and lovely children of India!
- The Irish dancers were amazing with their high flying steps!
- Los Quetzales Mexican Dance, a lovely performance by Consuelo Maslanka! All the way from VIRGINIA!!!
- Dreams Dance Studio and their talented young dancers!
Country expos on display were Argentina, Canada, China, Cyprus, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Geometry, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Malawi, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Perú, Puerto Rico, Spain, Syria, Ukraine, and the United States.
“It was simply amazing to see the display of cultures all as unified global citizens!”