Students at Escamilla Intermediate School had the opportunity to travel around the world in a day. More than 90 students, teachers and parents attended the Brazos Valley WorldFest in College Station in November. The annual event celebrates diversity and international awareness.
Suzie Tyson, a social studies teacher at Escamilla Intermediate and one of the staff members who attended the event, expressed her reaction to this learning experience.
“This event was awesome!” exclaimed Tyson. “This festival gives students a chance to take learning outside of the traditional school environment and experience the world as their classroom. They had the chance to learn about different cultures, economic issues, customs, rituals and much more at the festival.”
The students participated in the Souvenir Passport Program, which permitted the students to get their passports stamped in the various countries they visited. They also participated in performances, children’s crafts as well as educational competitions.
According to Kim Fox, festival coordinator, the mission of the Brazos Valley WorldFest is to promote and celebrate international diversity and heritage.
“It’s important that festival attendees learn how much we have in common despite our differences,” said Fox.
The festival, which is free of charge, gave the students real world experiences that will last them a lifetime. Students visited cultural displays and world bazaars, viewed demonstrations as well as sampled international cuisine from around the world. Many of them participated in the salsa tasting challenge, served as judges in a photo contest and performed on stage with an African dance group.
“We received numerous compliments on the behavior and positive attitudes of our students,” stated Tyson. “Glenn Harmon, who is secretary of the Brazos Valley WorldFest Board of Directors, was very impressed with the size of the Escamilla Intermediate group and the students’ excellent behavior.”
The experience also proved a big hit with everyone.
“The students, parents and teachers all enjoyed the Brazos Valley WorldFest,” said Tyson. “And so many of them have stated that this was one of the best field trips they have ever attended.”
This year’s attendance topped 10,000. The annual event is held at College Station’s Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater.
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