Children in Polish Folk Costumes, Kimonos, Salwaar-Kameez’, and Abayas walked along the perimeter of the meeting room at the Polish and Slavic Center, parading their outfits and waving to their parents.
They were celebrating P.S. 34’s Family International Night – an evening where kids from the school and their parents are encouraged to dress up in clothes representing their cultures or countries of origin, bring foods specific to those regions for a large potluck, and for a series of performances put on by the students.
“This is a long standing tradition at the school and it is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a school family,” said Carmen Asselta, the principal at P.S. 34. “It allows our students and their families to celebrate each others’ cultures and to see the beauty of who we are.”
Wednesday night’s festivities included a series of student performances including renditions of popular songs by P.S. 34’s chorus, performances by the school’s ballroom dancing students and its Recorder playing students. In addition students showcased traditional Polish and Bolivian dancing in separate performances as well.
Local electeds came out in full force to celebrate the multi-cultural evening, which was created several years ago by the current District 14 Superintendent, Alicja Winnicki, who until 2012 was the principal at P.S. 34.
“I really want to acknowledge the amazing talent I have seen tonight,” said Councilmember Steve Levin, who was present at Wednesday’s celebration. “What an amazing community we live in, that even though we come from different backgrounds we are all family here and we have the best the world has to offer right here in this room.”
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