Oakwood Elementary School celebrated its 12th annual International Night celebration on January 23, 2014.
International Night is a unique opportunity to celebrate diversity and become familiar with traditions and customs throughout the world. More than 25 different countries were represented as Oakwood families with an international heritage shared displays and food from their countries.
This year’s focus was on Scandinavian and Baltic Sea Countries and featured a Latvian Dance group called Mini-Perkonitis (which means mini thunder), the Oakwood Choir, Children’s Parade of Lights, activities and prizes and tastes of Scandinavia and the Baltics. On the menu was Kotbullar (Swedish meatballs), potatismos (mashed potatoes), Baltic herring, rye bread, lingonberries, vinegretas (Lithuanian salad), lefse (Norwegian flatbread), currants, golabki (Polish stuffed cabbage), ginger cookis and sakotis (tree cake).
Students experienced different cultures at booths stationed around the school’s gym and had their “passport” stamped at each booth. Students were also encouraged to wear a national costume for the international parade.