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Campion Academy’s international students held a Festival of Cultures at the Loveland Museum on Thursday, April 11. Performances, presented by students from Brazil, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mexico, El Salvador, and Japan, included traditional dances, songs, and slide shows. The students also prepared traditional foods and featured craft booths for the audience.
Each student had ten minutes to present their country. "It was very fun. I especially enjoyed watching the Kung Fu from the China presentation because it is very different from our culture," explained Gabriele, a student
While the students were getting ready for their presentations, audience members could walk around the booths and ask questions of the students. Sinai Rodriguez, a student from Mexico smiled, "My favorite part was the time before the presentations started. I enjoyed each booth and its foods. A lot of people came to my booth too. I was excited, because they wanted to know about my culture."
Many students and audience members enjoyed tasting the traditional foods. "I love food!" said Renan from Brazil. "My favorite food was brigadeiro, our traditional sweet."
Campion Academy, along with the Loveland Museum, plan to make this an annual event for the community to enjoy. They are already making plans for next year to use a larger space to reach a wider audience.
Campion Academy has a diverse and growing international student program. Currently, it is home to 24 international students from six different countries. Most of the students come to improve their English and earn their high school diplomas before continuing on to a university in the United States.
“As international students, we know it is very important to respect American culture, but we learned it is also important to share our cultures to the world,” reflected Kaname, senior, from Japan.
Kaname Kaneiwa with Jill Harlow; photos supplied