Who: Students of Colonies North Elementary School
What: Parade of Nations
When: Thursday, Oct. 24, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Colonies North ES (cafeteria), 9915 Northampton Drive, 78230
Colonies North ES is home to many refugees and “Newcomer” students. To showcase the cultural diversity of the school, all students attend an annual Parade of Nations. This year, 41 countries will be represented including Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Malaysia, Sudan, Brazil, Congo, Thailand, and many more.
Of the 645 students attending the school this year, 269 are English Language Learners (ELL). There are 36 identified languages spoken at Colonies North. In addition, some students speak more than three languages.
The participants will parade around the cafeteria to their national anthem while carrying the country’s flag. (Imagine the Opening Ceremonies of each Olympic games.) The last country in the parade will be the United States. Students will also share facts about their native countries.
The school choir will sing “Together We Can Change the World,” always an emotional piece to the parade.