Over 400 cel­e­brate an­nual ESL Fam­ily Night

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - COMMUNITY -

Up­per Me­rion Area Mid­dle School’s cafe­te­ria was the set­ting for the dis­trict’s ESL Fam­ily Night on Oct. 20, ini­ti­ated 16 years ago to wel­come new in­ter­na­tional fam­i­lies into the dis­trict. School dis­trict fam­i­lies re­port more than 75 dif­fer­ent home lan­guages spo­ken. Stu­dents, fam­ily mem­bers, school dis­trict staff and com­mu­nity mem­bers jammed the cafe­te­ria, en­joy­ing a feast of foods from 45 coun­tries pre­pared by the fam­i­lies. Guests were treated to a cul­tural pre­sen­ta­tion of the arts, with four per­for­mances that took the au­di­ence on a vir­tual trip around the world in­clud­ing The Coyle School of Ir­ish Dance, the PanAsian Dance Troupe from the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia, Nuevo Mex­ico Dance Com­pany, and a lo­cal folk band com­prised of all Up­per Me­rion area teach­ers known as “The Early Dis­missals.”

In ad­di­tion, as part of a com­mu­nity ser­vice project, the mid­dle school art stu­dents sold their cul­tur­ally in­flu­enced ar­ti­sanal projects. All pro­ceeds of the sale will go to sup­port the mid­dle school’s Vik­ing Re­lief Day, an an­nual fundraiser.


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