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Wolcott Elementary School Enjoys First International Night

Traditional clothing proudly worn at Wolcott International Night. Courtesy photo

Students and their families shared their heritage through food, activities, and performances at West Hartford’s Wolcott Elementary School.

Sender’s profile photo The beautiful Pakistan designs of henna were painted on many hands! Courtesy photo

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On the evening of March 28, Wolcott Elementary School opened its doors to more than 400 community members for the first ever International Night.

Families gathered to celebrate and learn about the diversity within the school, as well as the diversity within our world.

Proud family members displayed information about their heritage, while dressed in traditional clothing. Students learned from their classmates, while tasting each others’ traditional foods from throughout the world.

The evening ended with several on-stage performances, some of which included traditional Mexican, Nepali, Colombian, and Irish dances, German piano pieces, and Swedish fiddle songs.

The evening was filled with community camaraderie, fellowship, pride, and joy. The enthusiasm we all felt was contagious and smiles were worn by all!

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Welcoming the community in Wolcott’s lobby. Courtesy photo

Wolcott Principal Scott Dunn with Mrs. Julie Maters, welcoming families as they arrived. Courtesy photo

Proudly sharing heritage and traditional dress at Wolcott International Night. Courtesy photo

Families proudly dressed in traditional clothing at Wolcott’s International Night. Courtesy photo

Many traditional foods were tasted, such as these Chinese mooncakes, which are offered between friends or on family gatherings. Courtesy photo

Wolcott’s own Senora Malaver in traditional Colombian dress. Courtesy photo

Nepali girls wearing their customary dance costumes. Courtesy photo

Peruvian poster board flowers decorated the front lobby for International Night. Courtesy photo

Teachers sharing their traditions, too. Courtesy photo

Wolcott’s talented A strings welcome guests. Courtesy photo

Mother and daughter share a beautiful Mexican dance in traditional clothing. Courtesy photo

One of many performers at Wolcott’s International Night. Courtesy photo

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