PACT Charter School’s cafetorium became a world stage March 8 as sixth-grade students hosted the school’s annual Festival of Nations March 8.
Fifty-two students selected countries to study before winter break.
After thorough research, students created a board, memorized a speech and wrote a paper.
Students’ families and younger students came to learn more about our world.
Annika Froiland was astounded to learn that Puerto Rico, her chosen country, is not a country at all. It’s a territory of the United States and uses the same currency, she explained.
Inspired by his older brother, Artur Goncharenko chose the same country he did in sixth grade: Jamaica.
“They have the fastest man in the world, and his name is Usain Bolt,” Artur said.
Rebecca Hansen decided to study Nicaragua with family friends from there. She learned that Nicaragua has the only lake in the world with sharks.
Wearing an authentic Kyrgyz hat, Reuben Vinnikov presented on the country where his parents were born, Kyrgyzstan.
Elliot Zimpfer and Paige Zweber were dressed up, too.
Elliot was dressed as Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi and shared the many ways Argentina has been first in the world. The country was the first to use fingerprints to catch criminals as well as the first to make an animated film, legalize same-sex marriage and have a resident born in Antarctica, he said.
Initially, Elliot wanted to research Djibouti, but he was unable to find enough material, so his dad helped him select Argentina.
Paige chose to study Norway because “it’s in my blood a little bit,” she said.
In addition to her own dress, she had dolls wearing “Frozen” costumes because the animated feature is set in Norway, she explained.
Teacher Sam Peltier hopes students took away “a greater understanding of the massive world around them and the knowledge that they are capable of learning about it independently through their own research.”