Monday, May 9, 2011

Day of European Culture

The school celebration today was so great! Our room was decorated like a San Francisco cafe, complete with photos, posters, food and drinks, and of course, students in costume! We sold lots of baked goods for a charity fundraiser and had a fun party. It was amazing to see students got so excited about creating something different and to interact with them outside of the regular classroom environment. 
I helped a little with the planning but really over 99% of the work was done by students. They had so many wonderful ideas, like making a path out of flowers on the floor and dressing up as different characters. We had a few hippies, a baseball player from the San Francisco Giants and an authentic Vietnamese costume. Two of the girls even skated around on roller skates to advertise our room. Several of our best musicians entertained us for a few hours as "street performers," and I think they made a little money in their hats, too! All of the classrooms on one floor of the school were decorated with themes from other countries, including Russia, Spain, Austria and Monaco. 
I was really impressed with all the hard work everyone put in and I think that our room turned out to be one of the best decorated, and definitely the most fun. There was a lot of energy in the room and everyone seemed to be having a great time. It reminded me of home and maybe I feel a little more homesick now but I couldn't be happier with the results. Congratulations to everyone involved!

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