On Friday, April 6, the Winsor Parents' Association sponsored a coffee house style International Night, Celebrating Cultures at Winsor. The dining hall was transformed into a vibrant center of exploration with kiosks created and hosted by Winsor families eager to share their heritage with the Winsor community.
Throughout the evening, nearly 250 students, family members and friends moved from one captivating kiosk to the next with their 'passports' collecting stamps and learning about the history and traditions of the countries represented. Activities added a level of excitement and included a chopstick challenge, a toy panda workshop, sari selfies, traditional tribal face paint, henna tattoos and much more.
Regis Downes and his team created a diverse menu of foods from all over the world that had everyone heading back to the kitchen for more. And four traditional performances helped bring four cultures to life: a Bolivian dance, a Scottish poetry reciting, a Chinese song and a classical Indian dance.
"The night was very special. I loved the performances, the crafts and games, and the beautiful clothing representing cultures from all corners of the globe," notes Lynn Randall, parent relations. "Each kiosk had a wealth of information and fun facts. Everyone connected in authentic ways. It was Winsor at its best!"
A special thanks to all the Winsor families who volunteered their time and creative energy to make the evening such a tremendous success!
With a mission of "fostering a warm, welcoming, and inclusive community for all Winsor families", the Parents' Association seeks to strengthen the connection of parents with Winsor and each other. To this end, the PA sponsors parent socials, meetings with faculty and administrators, diversity forums, and guest speakers throughout the academic year. There are also a tremendous number of volunteer opportunities available to suit your schedule and interests.