On October 25, our English as a Second Language students and teachers celebrated its annual Festival of Nations at Manchester United Methodist Church. More than 120 students, their families and teachers came together to learn about different cultures, be entertained, enjoy cuisine from a wide variety of countries and celebrate.
Representatives from Korea, Peru, Iran, China, Iraq, Columbia and Brasil made presentations or performed highlighting their respective countries.
"Students came with displays from their countries, entertainment from their countries wearing their traditional garb," said English as a Second Language Teacher Tricia Conner. "The theme for the event was tapestries and how each person who comes brings a new thread, a new sense of beauty to the pattern that we weave together."
Entertainment included dancing from Brasil, China and Iran, singing from Iraq and Columbia, music from Korea and more.
"This is a very special day for our students and they work very hard to prepare," Conner said. "They bring materials from their country to share with us and prepare food with such love. There's such joy, pride and a sense of shared interest in hearing from the other students. It's a beautiful day."
Parkway-Rockwood Community Ed's English as a Second Language program serves more than 800 students from more than 30 countries in classes throughout St. Louis.
Take in the sights and sounds from our Festival of Nations in this video. Find out more about our English as a Second Language program here.