The celebration included performances by several dozen students. Tables filled with foods from more than half a dozen countries lined the walls. The menu included Ghanaian, Hmong, Samoan, Alaska Native and South Korean fare, and staff said the dishes were home-cooked by parent volunteers with food provided by the school.
Families filled plates with kelewele, egg rolls, sapasui, frybread and smoked salmon, collard greens, chicken mole and more. Falafel King, Moose’s Tooth, Flying Dutchman Pastry Shop and Carlos Mexican Restaurant also provided food for the dinner, and the line of people waiting to eat stretched out the door of the auditorium.
On the stage at the front of the room, several different performances earned rounds of applause. The show began with a rendition of the national anthem by Earl Darko. He was followed by teacher Amy Spence, who sang Italian opera, and then a group of Sudanese dancers. There were Samoan singers, Irish dancers and an enthusiastic group from the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School.
The program ended with a flag parade featuring more than 25 students. Principal Chris Woodward said more than 20 languages are spoken at the school, which serves about 350 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
School staff said the event is one of about six held throughout the school year.