Greenwich Catholic School Celebrates Cultural Diversity on UN Day

Will Carragher at Greenwich Catholic School

Will Carragher talked about Spain during Greenwich Catholic School’s cultural diversity day. He also offered samples of a Spanish dish made with potatoes.

Tuesday October 24 was Cultural Diversity Day at Greenwich Catholic School.

The event was a milestone for 6th graders, who got to show off their singing and dancing skills, in addition to sharing what they’d learned about children their age in countries around the world.

The event, the brainchild of longtime Greenwich Catholic School teacher, Theresa Napoli, is looked forward to by the entire school community.

Ms. Napoli said students are assigned their countries to study, with two exceptions. “They aren’t assigned Italy or Ireland,” she said with a smile. “The idea is to get to know countries they’re less familiar with.”

The focus is on life for a child their age in another country, and the impact geography has on their day to day routine. Napoli said students look at  how children in their assigned country dress, what they wear and how they’re educated.

On Tuesday, with all their parents and families in the gym, the sixth graders shared what they’d learned, each set up on a table with a prepared dish from the country they studied, and a giant poster with fun facts.

“I learned a lot about Switzerland, including that they are famous for making chocolate,” said Tyler Caputo. “Also they’re the only country with a square flag. Only the Vatican has a square flag.”

Tyler said he also loved learning about Swiss cuckoo clocks. “When the clock strikes 12:00, the people come out,” he said.

Before the food tasting and visits to individual displays, parents and families enjoyed singing and dancing by the 6th graders, who sang in Spanish and French, and performed dances from Germany and Greece.

Greenwich Catholic School 8th graders Charlotte Carroll, Devon Cavaliere, Sarah Arevalo, Natalie Becue and Molly Greenan. Oct 24, 2017

Greenwich Catholic School 8th graders Charlotte Carroll, Devon Cavaliere, Sarah Arevalo, Natalie Becue and Molly Greenan. Oct 24, 2017

Not to be outdone, the 8th graders got to reprise a few of their steps from years gone by, including Cotton Eye Joe and Footloose, which celebrate American diversity.

“We did this in 6th grade and we had the greatest time,” said 8th grader Molly Greenan. “We brought in our poster boards and food the first year, and we did our dances. Then it stuck as a tradition. Today is a throwback to sixth grade.”

Molly, who has attended Greenwich Catholic School since preschool, said cultural diversity day also was a great opportunity for 8th graders, who are in their last year at the school, to practice together and bond with each other.

“This event is all about learning different ways of life and cultures. It made me realize how lucky I am to live in America,” Molly said.

Emily Desouza and Tyler Caputo at Greenwich Catholic School

Emily Desouza studied Colombia. Tyler Caputo chose Switzerland. They shared specialty foods from the countries they studied and answered questions from guests. Oct 24, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager

Sixth graders sang for family and friends during the school's cultural diversity day. Oct 24, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager

Greenwich Catholic School sixth graders sang for family and friends during the school’s cultural diversity day. Oct 24, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager

Sixth graders sang for family and friends during the school's cultural diversity day. Oct 24, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager

Sixth graders sang for family and friends during the school’s cultural diversity day. Oct 24, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager

Dancing to Footloose, Greenwich Catholic School 8th graders celebrated American diversity in addition to international diversity. Oct 24, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager

Dancing to Footloose, Greenwich Catholic School 8th graders celebrated American diversity in addition to international diversity. Oct 24, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager

Carolyn Coutant and her son at the Greenwich Catholic School cultural diversity day celebration. Oct 24, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager

Carolyn Coutant and her son Ben at the Greenwich Catholic School cultural diversity day celebration. Oct 24, 2017 Photo: Leslie Yager

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