On March 9, Elwood-John H. Glenn High School held its first International Night since 2019. More than 200 students, faculty and community members gathered in the cafeteria to sample foods from over 30 stations around the world, including Belgium, Italy, Greece, Croatia, Armenia, Ireland, France, the Philippines, Mexico and Latin-American fusion. The event continues to serve as a great way to embrace the district’s diversity and celebrate different global cultures during National Foreign Language Month.
Due to the pandemic, the event was not held during the past two school years, so the participating John Glenn students were excited to experience it, many for the first time. Students were invited to bring food or create a station to showcase their heritage or any country of interest. In a special highlight, American Sign Language students performed Shakira’s “Try Everything.”
“International Night was probably one of the best nights ever for me,” student Natalia Mata said. “It really brought our JGHS community together, which was needed. After a long time, COVID-19 finally slowed down ,which gave us an opportunity to make this night happen. It was so much fun eating different meals from different cultures and trying them.”
“International Night felt like traveling from one country to another in just a few steps,” student Jake Lauto said. “I felt confident performing and showcasing my ASL knowledge, and I am proud of the hand-tastic performance!”