Finneytown Local Schools exceeded expectations and attendance for World Culture Night this year. The inclusive event celebrated the diverse community and the families that make the community stand out. Over 500 people experienced 23 booths that represented 17 countries or cultures. During the event, families and groups shared a native country and provided information about the country and culture. Some shared pictures, fun facts, clothing, and artifacts that represent the country and culture. Some offered native dishes such as empanadas from Guatemala and guacamole from Mexico. Songs played from booths from different countries, and several groups of students performed dances from their countries.
Several businesses and community groups participated to support the cultural diversity and awareness within the Finneytown community. Springfield Township Arts Connect. Skyline, LaRosas, Jersey Mike’s, Humbert’s Meats and Taj Mahal Indian restaurant all donated food or coupons to hand out. Furthermore, a Cincinnati booth was available with Cincinnati favorites such as goetta, brats, and LaRosas, as well as a Finneytown booth with history, yearbooks, local restaurant touches and Pringles (the Pringles name originated from Finneytown).
Additionally, prior to the WCN event, students in the elementary schools learned about diversity and differences by reading the books It’s Okay to be Different and Be Who You Are by Todd Parr. They also created Todd Parr like characters of their own, which are hanging in Brent’s lobby.
If every country was presented for students in Finneytown, we would have at least 40 countries. World Culture night has just become another way for Finneytown to showcase and celebrate the diversity in our community.
Enjoy this short video of World Culture Night!