Students at St. Stephen’s Catholic School in Anoka hosted a Festival of Nations April 27, showcasing their knowledge of countries from around the world.
The middle schoolers hosted the festival for their younger counterparts at the school, replacing the annual school carnival, said physical education teacher Kurt Werk.
“We chose the Festival of Nations because it represents the virtue of solidarity,” Werk said. “We talked about different countries and how students can be from different places around the world.”
Students groups researched the countries they represented and planned activities for the elementary schoolers to participate in throughout the festival. They also brought in artifacts they could find that represented the countries.
The elementary school students had a passport they could carry from country to country during the festival.
They participated in everything from making macaroni necklaces at the Italy stop to having photos taken with yeti at the Peru station.
In Japan, they learned to play the Japanese game of kendama and they tossed crepes in France. In Greece, students ran in an Olympic relay.
Mandy Moran Froemming is at firstname.lastname@example.org