Reidland Elementary School celebrated a lavish World Culture day on December 6, 2016. The magical tour of henna, traditional cultural dresses, music, and international snacks was organized by Valerie Hendley (director of Fun with Languages), Professor Roxane Riegler from Murray State University, and Airi Yamamoto (JOI Japanese Coordinator affiliated with Murray State). Murray State University students also helped with the event.
Over 100 elementary children from Reidland Elementary participated. Some of the activities included “stuffing” German St. Nikolaus stockings, hearing a Christmas story in French, and listening to West African xylophone music performed by a Murray State University student from the Ivory Coast. In addition, the children learned Japanese calligraphy and discussed the Mexican Day of the Dead Celebration. They learned about Arab customs and had their name written in stylish Arabic by Saudi Arabian and Tunisian students. At each activity, children received a stamp on a “passport” they were provided.