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Eggert Elementary Hosts Third Annual International Night

Eggert Elementary hosted its third annual International Night on Thursday, April 18. The event offered opportunities for Eggert students and their families to learn about and celebrate different cultures, experience different foods, and participate in cultural crafts and activities.  The event was attended by more than 400 students and families.
    Upon their arrival at International Night, families were able to view a school-wide art show featuring international-themed artwork created by Eggert students, participate in an international scavenger hunt and complete traditional crafts. Some of the crafts included creating Kente cloths from Ghana, Origami from Japan, Rangoli sand art from India, and more.  In addition to crafts there were international foods to sample.  The menu included chicken empanadas from Sabores de Mi Tierra, sushi, dumplings, and noodles from DAO Sushi & Grill, traditional Indian food from Taj of Orchard Park, and sausage with sauerkraut from Butcher Dave’s.  Families were able to visit countries around the world using virtual reality in the library, learn about Taekwondo from Master Chong’s Taekwondo, check out the Slyboots Circus interactive drum ensemble in the gymnasium, and take pictures at a family photo booth.  International Night offered so many fun and engaging activities!
    The planning for this year’s International Night began in the fall under the direction of Eggert Elementary ENL teachers, Stephanie Boundy and Susie Burns.  The teachers worked with Eggert’s International Club to provide a night that offered students and their families an opportunity to learn about countries that International Club had studied throughout the year and the cultures of our Eggert students and families.  The night would not have been possible without the help of many Eggert Elementary staff members and donations from the Eggert Elementary PTO and the Orchard Park Foundation for Academic Excellence. 
    Eggert Elementary houses Orchard Park Central School District’s Elementary ENL or English as a New Language program.   Elementary students in the district learning English as a new language  attend classes at Eggert so they can have the support services needed to navigate school while learning a new language. The ENL teachers work diligently to ensure that all of the ENL students have the same opportunities for learning and success as their peers, and that grade-level curriculum and skills are accessible to them.
    International Night has been a phenomenal way to create awareness of the diversity within our schools.  Eggert Elementary alone has approximately 45 ENL students in attendance.  This night is just one of the ways that our students and their families can feel proud to show off and share their cultures with the community.  It is an exciting way for the students to learn about the world and each other.