Students at Lydiksen Elementary in Pleasanton were able to take a trip around the world without leaving the campus during the annual International Fair on campus Tuesday. The fair, which was held in the school's multipurpose room, showcased the diverse cultures of 20 different countries from around the world.
Students were asked to wear their national attire to school for the day. Parent volunteer Gina Fleming, who was representing Peru, says she has been helping with the fair for three years.
"This is a really fun event," she said.
In the evening, students sang and danced for their families as part of the celebration of this year's theme, "Art from Around the World." Visitors learned about art and foods of each culture through displays created by volunteers and teachers. Afghanistan, Egypt, India, China, Columbia, Brazil, Canada, Austria, Vietnam and the United States were among the 20 countries represented at the fair.
Students from the guitar club performed "Home" by Philip Philips and kindergartners sang "It's a Small World." The final performance of the night brought down the house with students showing off their Gangnam Style.
Fifth grader Zachary, 11, visiting from Livermore's Altamonte Creek Elementary performed a traditional Native American "Southern Fancy Dance" for the crowd. According to Zachary's parents, it takes thirty minutes to get Zachary in his elaborate costume. Zachary says his costume is not as heavy as it is tight. He has been gourd dancing with his dad since he was little and now competes in this type of dancing.
Principal Mindy Bolar, who is new to Lydiksen this year, said the fair exceeded her expectations.
"This is a community event that fosters respect and value for the cultures represented at Lydiksen," Bolar said. "It is what we are all about in education and it is wonderful to see it in action tonight."
The event was co-chaired by Monica Stevens and Wendy Keller.
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