On May 16, 2018 the International Club members hosted their second annual International festival to display and share the many cultures of some of the students at Theodore Roosevelt High School.
“Within my first year of teaching I noticed how diverse our student population is; and my co-sponsor and I decided the students of different ethnicities and cultures needed something,” said English teacher Cynthia Bass.
Bass and Librarian Lynette Perez sponsor the club which put together the festival.
Students also came up with idea of holding a fashion show at the event just to wear and show their traditional clothing. The purpose of the fashion show was not to compete for best dress but to share some of their lifestyles.
“I felt honored to represent my country and culture with traditional clothes from Kenya,” sophomore Rukiya Omar said. “I was also impressed with the traditional clothes worn by other students. It was amazing to see and be a part of at TR.”
More than 20 groups were represented at the festival which featured the dress, dance, and food of their respective groups.
“Hopefully next year our students who were born and raised in the United States will participate and learn more about their history, countries, and histories,” Bass said.
Next year the International club would like to see more people attend the festive event and bridge the gap between members of the student body.