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Celebrating International Diversity
Posted 02/01/2018 12:57PM

Second Annual Global Village Event


By Athena Skoufias '18
Humanities & Global Studies Capstone Student and Student Coordinator, Global Village 2018

Global Village is a three-hour-long event filled with four rotations of entertainment, excitement, fun, and creative activities for Bullis' Middle and Lower School students. The second annual Global Village took place on January 18th in the Blair Family Center for the Arts and the newly-opened Gerald L. Boarman Discovery Center. The goal of the event is to highlight and celebrate the international diversity in our Bullis community and to educate our students about the uniqueness of each country. Our student body and family community has connections to many countries around the world. By highlighting and celebrating international cultures and traditions to young and impressionable students, we can create an environment at Bullis that values and recognizes the importance of cultural differences and how it can enrich our lives and our community. By allowing students to experience different lifestyles and cultures of people from other countries in the world, it will shape the students into compassionate and understanding global citizens.


The day was structured into four rotations. As the opening act and an individual workshop rotation, we hosted Farafina Kan, an African drumming and dancing group. They performed in Howard Auditorium and led dance and drumming workshops with groups of students. In the Blair Lobby, 17 Bullis families created international tables complete with posters, pictures, clothing, flags, and food that captures the essence of each country. In the Discovery Center Lobby, foreign language classes and students from the 9th grade Human Geography class provided information about the history, political climate and culture of 12 additional countries. Their tables included games, crafts, music, picture slideshows, and more. Lastly, in the Discovery Center Studio Theatre, Bullis parent Asanga Domask of SerendibDance performed and taught a Sri Lankan dance to our students. We also had a Bollywood dance workshop led by Nirathi Rao Kalavapudi of Rythmaya Dance in this theatre which involved many students eager to try out the dance form.


As students "toured" the world, they collected flag stickers and placed them on a large world map. Students were full of excitement as they ran from table to table, sampling food, making crafts and learning about each country. It is clear that the Middle and Lower School students had an enjoyable time! Not only was the event fun and impactful for our youngest students, it was also a wonderful experience for our Upper School students and our families who participated. Everyone was full of joy and pride as they embracing the country they represented and shared information with the young visitors. My goal in helping to design and coordinate the Global Village this year was to expose students to the richness of the world and to spark and ignite curiosity about global education. I think we did just that!


Many thanks to all of our gracious volunteers and generous sponsors of International tables:

International Tables for Global Village

Country or Territory

Region

Sponor

Puerto Rico

Latin America

Dr. Romeyn's Contemporary Global Issues Class

Guyana

Latin America

The Cameron Family

Argentina

Latin America

Sra Barbieri and Sra Velikovsky

Panama

Latin America

Dr. Romeyn's Contemporary Global Issues Class

El Salvador

Latin America

Nora Rosario (Ms. Kowalew's Human Geography Class)

Ancient Rome

Europe

Mr. Green's Latin V Class

France

Europe

Ms. Martin's French 3H Class

Spain

Europe

The Reinhart Family

Scotland

Europe

The Meredith Family and Madi Poulin

Finland

Europe

The Price Family

Russia

Eurasia

The Kvasnyuk Family

Turkey

Middle East

The Badraslioglu Family and

The Hayri Family

Iran

Middle East

The Manesh Family

Lebanon

Middle East

The Ahdab Family

The Crowley Family

Israel

Middle East

The Vardi Family

Saudi Arabia

Middle East

Matt Koff (Ms. Kowalew's Human Geography Class)

Libya

Africa

The Benghezzi Family

Morocco

Africa

Ms. Martin's French 3H

Cape Verde

Africa

The McKnight Famiy

Nigeria

Africa

The Nwosu Family

Botswana

Africa

Baraedi Newman (Ms. Kowalew's Human Geography Class)

India

Asia

The Chatha Family

The Malkani Family

Myanmar

Asia

Dr. Romeyn's Contemporary Global Issues Class

Thailand

Asia

The Sripoom Family

Fiji

Asia

Dean Katz (Ms. Kowalew's Human Geography Class)

Philippines

Asia

Max Samuels (Ms. Kowalew's Human Geography Class)

China

Asia

Several International Families: Guo, Han, Li, Liu, Su, Wu and Zhou
Ms. Grow's English Intensive Class

Ms. Clarke's Chinese IV Class

Additional volunteers:

  • HGS PA Co-Chairs: Anjali Schreufer and Pamela Sofola
  • Student Coordinator: Athena Skoufias
  • HGS Director: Sara Romeyn
  • Parent Volunteers: Karen Chen, Livia Christensen, Glaucia Petcov, Robin Wisnosky


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