Students Explore Cultures from Around World


From Argentina to Wales, Eden Hall Upper Elementary School hosted the First Annual Exploratory Cultural Day on May 6, 2016. More than 55 different presenters shared their knowledge and experience.

The EHUE school counselors, librarian and World Language teachers worked together to create the event that was kicked off with choral, orchestra and flute presentations under the direction of Music Teacher Joy Hess, during breakfast in the cafeteria.

“We’re pleased to offer this cultural experience,” said Teacher Sara Burkot. “This is important for our kids, so they can have meaningful and authentic experiences with different countries and cultures.”

Following the breakfast, students visited dozens of classrooms to listen to various cultural presentations about more than 30 countries. They learned more about the language, food, topography, climate, customs and traditions found in various cultures and countries from around the world.

“The overall purpose of this day is to provide students with the opportunity to explore various aspects of culture such as customs, traditions, language, music, art, food, and dress,” said Mr. Steven Smith, Eden Hall Upper Elementary School principal. “Students will develop an appreciation for our differences and similarities as citizens in a global community. We hope you have an opportunity to join us for part of the day and visit some of the presentations.”

The final presentation of the day was a performance by One World Taiko Drummers. The performers featured a dynamic and fluid performing with heart-pounding percussion. Taiko means “drum” in Japanese. The performers’ music is drawn from Japan’s ancient tradition of lively and spirited festival drumming along with creative rhythms, arrangements and choreography which add an element of modern-day flair.

Teachers Mary Ann Sanders and Sarah Burkot along with Counselors Lauren Hawrylak and Brad-Leigh Coker helped organize the day’s events along with the PTO.

On May 12, 2016, students and staff hosted an Eden Hall World Language Fair from 7-8:30 p.m. Participants enjoyed food, dancing, music, songs and many cultural activities.