H. Bugbee Elementary School in West Hartford will host International Night on February
The event celebrates the
diversity of both the school and West Hartford, and will encourage students and
their families to fully immerse themselves in the customs of the over 30
different countries that will be represented.
As today’s world becomes one global community, it is paramount that students acquire an appreciation for the practices of different cultures and International Night will create an opportunity for Bugbee families to gain a broader perspective on a multitude of countries.
From art, dress, music, dance and sport to an International Café featuring homemade food from around the world, participants will benefit from an interactive learning experience that goes beyond the classroom.
has grown in so many ways these past few years - in size, in grade levels, and
in terms of how we increasingly reflect the diversity of experiences that makes
West Hartford such a unique and wonderful place to live. Our families and staff
have been working hard to share this rich diversity, and are looking forward to
a fun, child-centered evening where we can learn more about each other's
cultures -coming together as a school community.”, said Noam Sturm, Bugbee
200 families are expected to attend International Night, where students will be
given world maps which will provide a geography lesson as they explore
Bangladesh, Slovakia, Morocco, China, Hungary, Italy, Finland, Brazil, Greece,
Ireland and more.
At the China center,
students can participate in paper cutting, character drawing and receive
personalized zodiac cards.
create a Ga-ga Pit where families can play this country’s version of Dodgeball.
A Scavenger Hunt will send students on a
fact-finding mission, and children who manage to visit all countries will
receive a prize.
grade teacher and event organizer, Dahlia Cherny, said, “International Night will
be an enriching experience for Bugbee. I am excited to raise the awareness level for our multi-cultural
community, and to turn it into a true learning experience. I want to prepare our students for a world
that has grown smaller by helping them
to acquire a deep sensitivity for various cultures.”.
Night is open to Bugbee families and will begin at 6:30 pm at the school,
located at 1943 Asylum Avenue in West Hartford.
For more information, please contact Rose Balesano at 860-233-1234.