International Emerging Leaders Cultural Fair for 3rd and 4th Graders

On Friday, October 7, Collegiate 3rd and 4th Graders attended the International Emerging Leaders Conference’s Cultural Fair, where they experienced the sights, sounds, smells, and traditions of 10 different countries from all corners of the globe.

This Cultural Fair was organized by the International Emerging Leaders Conference (IELC), which was created by Director of Responsible Citizenship and Strategic Planning Clare Sisisky in 2011. During the conference, 41 international students from Lebanon, Morocco, Mexico, Italy, China, Malaysia, South Africa, India, Kazakhstan, and Spain worked with 18 Collegiate Senior Ambassadors in Design Thinking groups to generate products to solve the world’s pressing environmental challenges, all while forming friendships that will last a lifetime.

The Cultural Fair is one of many opportunities for the Lower School to connect to the conference, which mostly occurs in the Upper School. During the Cultural Fair, Collegiate 3rd and 4th graders traveled around the “globe” of the Estes Multipurpose Room with fake passports in hand. Throughout the room, the ten countries set up informational booths, where Collegiate students could learn more about a particular country’s culture, sample traditional foods, and receive stamps in their passports, just like real tourists.

Read more of Clare Andress' article on The Match. The Match is Collegiate School’s student-run online news site. It is dedicated to bringing the latest and greatest from the Collegiate community.