Westridge Elementary students gathered as a school community Wednesday, April 19, in advance of their Celebration of Nations International Night, April 21.
Teacher Dawn Warren is organizing the event.
"What I really hope comes out of this assembly is more unity and diversity," said Warren, "and just for everyone to have an appreciation for all the different cultures. Today, I'm excited that we are able to look at each other as pieces to a whole community instead of individual components."
Warren said at the Celebration of Nations International Night, natives from the following countries will be in attendance: Afghanistan, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, South Korea, Thailand, Yemen and the United States.
Warren said community members are invited to gather in the Westridge gymnasium April 21 from 6:00-7:45 p.m. for a tour around the world. Participants can visit each country's display, food and crafts, and taste their way around the globe.
"The theme is 'Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Let's celebrate it,'" said Warren. "Our mission is to educate ourselves about the world around us and embrace each other's cultural heritage. It's important to know that we have more in common than we think."
After spring break, Westridge students at various grade levels had an opportunity to write a poem, story, or simply draw what diversity means to them. A quilt containing those works will be displayed at the event.
"Our student committee represents 13-15 leaders from grades two-through-five. They represent different countries and the United States."
Warren said entertainment will include dancing from Mexico, Germany, India, and Thailand. The Celebration of Nations is a free family event.