March 7, 2014
Albemarle County students got to taste, hear, and see other cultures.
Sutherland Middle School held its eighth multi-cultural festival Friday night. Hollymead and Baker-Butler Elementary schools also participated.
Students paraded flags of other countries, danced an Indian dance taught by UVa students, learned about African beats, and looked at presentations prepared by classmates on other nations -- complete with food from other countries.
Students and teachers say the event helps teach and celebrate our ancestry.
"It's about celebrating our roots, whether our roots are here in Virginia or our roots are somewhere else in the world," said Sutherland Middle School Principal David Rogers.
"It allows us to remember where we are, who we are, where we're from," said Sutherland 8th grader Lino Tribb.
"There's a lot of stereotypes, not all of them bad, but there's not much people know about these countries, and just with this little middle school thing, there's a lot more you can learn about different countries, stuff we didn't know before. It's cool," said Sutherland 8th grader Jeffey Lund.
"It's amazing how this small, little Charlottesville community...how much we can pull together and just talk about different countries and share where we're from," said Sutherland 8th grader Arisine Ino. "There's so many people...from different countries...they forget where they're from. So, it shows them 'hey, I'm from Africa,' or 'I'm from Japan.'"