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Lee multicultural festival draws 250-plus visitors

March 28, 2017

Lee Elementary School LIFE Skills aide Jamie O’berry and her daughter, Myracle Mutin, showcase traditional African clothing at Lee’s third annual multicultural event.
Lee Elementary School LIFE Skills aide Jamie O’berry and her daughter, Myracle Mutin, showcase traditional African clothing at Lee’s third annual multicultural event. 

March 28, 2017—Lee Elementary School hosted its third annual multicultural festival on March 25, as approximately 100 students showcased their talents and ethnic traditions for approximately 250 visitors.

Lee Elementary School paraeducator Teena Kaur discusses Indian traditions with Lee counselor Samantha Gregory at a booth at the multicultural festival on March 25.
Lee Elementary School paraeducator Teena Kaur discusses Indian traditions with Lee counselor Samantha Gregory at a booth at the multicultural festival on March 25. 

The program kicked off in the morning with a performance by the Lee folkloric primary choir, followed by a performance by the ballet folkloric dancers, who demonstrated traditional dances of Mexico.

The entertainment continued with a street dance performance, as dancers blended Brazil’s capoeira with New York City break dancing and classical music by 17th century composer Antonio Vivaldi.

Chinese dragon dancers performed a special lion dance to close out the Lee multicultural festival on March 25.
Chinese dragon dancers performed a special lion dance to close out the Lee multicultural festival on March 25. 

Students from Fiest, Willbern, Reed, Post, Horne, Adam and Hancock elementary schools then performed a Vietnamese umbrella dance to welcome in the new spring season. Chinese dragon dancers performed a special lion dance to close out the event.

Multicultural booths set up in the hallways provided a gallery of diverse cultures, displayed via traditional foods, culturally specific arts and traditional clothing. Henna artist Namaira Sangani applied intricate designs to visitors’ hands and arms using the poste made out of crushed henna leaves and twigs.

“This event was a great way to showcase and celebrate the diverse cultures we are so fortunate to have at Lee Elementary,” said Tomicka Williams, Lee assistant principal.

Lee language arts instructional specialist Ava Clark showcases her Africa booth at the Lee multicultural festival.
Lee language arts instructional specialist Ava Clark showcases her Africa booth at the Lee multicultural festival. 

Lee special education secretary Sandra Rodriguez and her daughter, fifth-grade student Danitza, showcase the Mexico booth at the Lee multicultural festival.
Lee special education secretary Sandra Rodriguez and her daughter, fifth-grade student Danitza, showcase the Mexico booth at the Lee multicultural festival. 

Henna artist Namaira Sangani applies an intricate design to the hand and arm of a multicultural festival visitor on March 25.
Henna artist Namaira Sangani applies an intricate design to the hand and arm of a multicultural festival visitor on March 25. 

 

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