Representing countries from each continent, dozens of young children dressed in traditional attire and toted paper fans, ukuleles and wooden clogs at Primrose School of Five Forks on Friday, Sept. 28. The children, who live in Snellville, Lilburn, Lawrenceville and other areas of Gwinnett, joined around 30,000 children across the country in celebrating their unique cultures.
Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz was invited to speak and enjoy the morning with the staff and students. She has volunteered at the center as a guest speaker and has read to the students as well.
The children studied the sports, music and animals of different countries during the month of September in order to foster an appreciation for other cultures and traditions at a young age.
"In order to show an appreciation for diversity, each classroom was assigned a country," explained Assistant Director Kelli Hughes. "We have a very diverse school; you can walk into a classroom and see pretty much every ethnicity."
The children participated in a costume parade (see video), said the Pledge of Allegiance and joined hands to sing “It’s a Small World” as they celebrated and embraced the cultures they have learned about.
“Children who have an appreciation for other cultures and traditions at an early age develop into caring, generous adults who love their community and respect others,” said Cami Nail, franchise owner.