Many Hands, One World – ACA Joins Together at the Multicultural Festival

On Saturday, October 21, more than 400 ACA community members joined together for the school’s third annual Multicultural Festival. Over 20 different countries were represented by our school families and staff in a celebration of “Many Hands, One World – Serving Together for 10 Years.”

With over 30 food and experience tables, most participants brought traditional dishes to bring a taste of their culture to the ACA community. The tables also had beautiful displays with information about their countries and their heritage. 

The event’s DJ, Marlon Gayle – an ACA parent and representative of Panama – played a variety of songs sent in by each country, which carried attendees away for a few minutes at a time to new places. Our kindergarten through second grade classes, led by Mr. Lusk, sang “Are you sleeping, brother John?” in English, Spanish, French, and German. Other performances included a mariachi band with traditional songs, and ACA parent Iva Ozkan and daughter Sabrina with a traditional Bulgarian folk dance and baton-twirling routine. 

We are grateful to the “many hands” who made this event possible, particularly our PTCA event lead, Mrs. Melissa McFaddin, and our faculty sponsors Dr. Han and Sra. Rey. 

“Our third annual Multicultural Festival was a huge success. Attendees thoroughly enjoyed immersing themselves in the true, good, and beautiful aspects of these diverse nations. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the participating families and the PTCA, especially Mrs. McFaddin and Mrs. Beckett, for their invaluable contributions in making this a great event. This cherished tradition at ACA allows us to nurture our students’ appreciation for the myriad of beautiful experiences that our multicultural school community has to offer, and we eagerly anticipate its continuation.” – Dr. Han, Lower School Principal