Oakwood ninth annual International Night draws high attendance
Oakwood Elementary School’s eleventh annual International Night celebration on January 24 again drew in a large amount of participants from its community.
International Night is a unique opportunity to celebrate diversity and become familiar with traditions and customs throughout the world. More than 20 different countries were represented as Oakwood families with an international heritage shared displays and food from their countries. This year’s focus on East Africa brought a special treat from Oakwood’s Somali families, who enhanced the menu of regional tastes with authentic Somali dishes for sampling. Somali dancers lead the children’s parade, in which the children represented their countries dressed in national costumes. The Oakwood Choir also performed several selections.
A fusion of East African music and culture was provided by a trio led by Congo-born musician and instructor Siama Matuzungidi, who started his music career in East Africa and now lives in Minneapolis. He performs in the Twin Cities area and teaches soukous at the West Bank School of Music.
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.
The evening was open to all families with elementary age children in Wayzata Public Schools.