Community members volunteered to host a table, where they displayed artifacts, photos, presentations, and delicious cuisine from their cultures. Thirty cultures, represented by people and traditions from the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, Caribbean, and other nations or groups from around the world were present. “It was wonderful to see the diverse community represented at Lab and to learn more about cultures through the lens of our students, “ said Ms. Barbara Najenson, Kindergarten Spanish teacher and Bilingual Coordinator at Charlotte Lab School.
Over 400 Lab community members attended the festivities. In addition to the cultural displays, guests were treated to performances by Criss Cross Mangosauce, Rumba Dancing by Rumbao Latin Dance, and a traditional lion dance by Thundering Wave Martial Arts. The Lab PTSO also served delicious empanadas from La Panaderia. Student volunteers from Lab Middle and Upper School Art classes led activities for younger students, including arts and crafts and face painting.
It was wonderful to host the community in this annual tradition. We hope you can join us next year!