With the expansion of Fort Drum, area schools are seeing more diverse students from multiple countries.
At Calcium Primary there are approximately 600 students that attend the school representing about 35 countries and who speak 20 different languages.
Thursday morning, those students participated in Calcium Primary’s annual Multi-Cultural event.
“Today we are celebrating the diversity we have here at Indian River,” said ELS instructor Mary Melara. “We have students, because of Fort Drum, from around the world and we want to celebrate that diversity.”
Stations were set up throughout the atrium of the school, where students participated in a hands-on learning experience that included a scavenger hunt consisting of information learned at each station.
According to Calcium Primary principal Wanda Reardon, the event has taken place for the last 20 years or so. She says that with the growth of Fort Drum they are seeing students coming from across the world.
“We are such a diverse school,” said Reardon. “We do the multi-cultural fair once a year and it gives us an opportunity for our families to come in and share. They have been all over the United States, they have been all over the world, and they are just so enthusiastic about coming in and sharing where they have been.”
This year the event’s theme was ‘Feeding Hunger Around the World.’ Students and parents were encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food items to help those in the area that struggle with hunger.
“I hope they really walk away with the feeling that being in a diverse school is special,” said Reardon.
To hear from 3rd grade Calcium Primary school students about their experience, and to get a peek into the multi-cultural celebration, watch the complete video story.