North Street School’s week long international celebration was highlighted by an international dinner on Wednesday night.
Hundreds turned out to for the feast, which was punctuated with hula hooping to tunes spun by NSS’s own DJ Anthony Buzzeo, followed by Flamenco dancing by Johanna Escamilla, accompanied by Spanish guitarist, Arturo Martinez.
The event was the brainchild of longtime NSS ESL teacher Viviana Serraillier who had the idea 24 years ago.
“We have 65 countries represented,” said principal Jill Flood, adding that either a parent or grandparent hailed from one of the 65 countries. Ms. Flood said that originally they asked for RSVPs and sold tickets to the dinner as a fundraiser. “Now we just ask people to bring a dish with enough to share with 10 people,” she said, nodding to the crowds. “It’s a low key event where families get to chat and socialize.”
(Left to right) Charlotte Falus (4th grade), Ana Aviles (4th grade), Ella Piu (3rd grade), Olivia Nguyen (3rd grade), Chika Saito (3rd grade). Sitting the floor, Lily Shropshire (4th grade). March 16, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager
Flamenco dancing by Johanna Escamilla, accompanied by Spanish guitarist, Arturo Martinez. Credit: Leslie Yager
Luca Suarez, 2nd grade and Clare McGrath, kindergarten get into hula hooping after their international dinners. Credit: Leslie Yager
North Street School 5th graders Regina Gutierrez, Elizabeth Anderson and Nina Rosell. March 16, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager
North Street School Principal Jill Flood shares a sample “passport” during the school’s International Dinner. March 16, 2016
Carter Hayes samples some noodles at North Street School’s international dinner, a longtime tradition at the school. March 16, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager
Every family was asked to bring a dish to share for 10 at North Street School’s international dinner, March 16, 2016, Credit: Leslie Yager
Ready to sample some international food at North Street School, March 16, 2016 Credit: Leslie Yager