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Dunwoody High showcases diversity with upcoming program
by Bridgette Bonner
April 24, 2013 10:57 AM | 1938 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dunwoody High School world language students will present “A Splash of Culture” Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m. as part of the school’s international night.

It includes dancing, music and a buffet with foods from around the world, according to student Leslie Chavez. The students — mostly sophomores — will make foods from their ancestors’ native countries, serve the food and tell guests about what they are eating, World Languages Instructor Clarissa Fletcher said. Students researched their family history to learn which country they should represent.

The entire student body is invited to bring exotic food, sophomore Caroline Johnson said.

The edible part of the celebration will also include a “Fear Factor” rendition challenging guests to eat the more exotic foods from the different countries. The game at last year’s event was a huge hit, Chavez said, and those daring enough to participate tried to identify from which country the foods originated.

There will be food from each continent, Johnson said, mostly based on the school’s offered languages, which include Spanish, German, French and Latin.

Lower level language students will run fashion and talent shows, and dancers will be dressed in costumes native to their heritage.

Proceeds from the school’s international night will support the language department and the World Water Relief.

“This year’s theme was water, so the students came up with something water-related and presented options,” Fletcher said. “Instead of tables representing countries, they represent bodies of water.”

The group chose World Water Relief after researching credentials and discovering a branch of the charity in Roswell, Johnson said.

Representatives from World Water Relief and various countries are speaking to classes throughout the week, and all students are invited.

The World Water Relief’s mission is to improve health in other countries by providing water to families in need. More than 1 billion people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water, according to the World Water Relief’s website.

The event has grown since the world languages department started it seven years ago, Fletcher said, drawing nearly 600 attendees last year.

She expects the same turnout Friday.

“The purpose of the night is to teach our community that there are other cultures out there than American,” Chavez said.

If you go:When: Friday, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Dunwoody High School, 5035 Vermack Road
Tickets: $6 for adults and students; kids 6 and under free.
Information: (678) 874-8500

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