• Patricia Brouwer, Pre-K teacher, leads her class — which is representing Puerto Rico — in the International Day parade at Pierce Terrace Elementary School Friday. Twelve countries were represented.

    Students go 'round the world

    Patricia Brouwer, Pre-K teacher, leads her class — which is representing Puerto Rico — in the International Day parade at Pierce Terrace Elementary School Friday. Twelve countries were represented.

  • A dragon leads the class representing China in last week’s event. Each class studied a country throughout the school year in preparation for the International Day celebration, which culminated the students' work.

    Students go 'round the world

    A dragon leads the class representing China in last week’s event. Each class studied a country throughout the school year in preparation for the International Day celebration, which culminated the students' work.

  • Chase Dutart, 7, and Christopher Moore, 8, steer their gondola during last week's International Day event. The duo was part of a class that represented the country of Italy

    Students go 'round the world

    Chase Dutart, 7, and Christopher Moore, 8, steer their gondola during last week's International Day event. The duo was part of a class that represented the country of Italy

FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Parents, students, staff and other visitors were transported around the world during Pierce Terrace Elementary School’s annual International Day event Friday.

udents representing 12 countries paraded in front of the school during the event, which is in its 20th year.

It’s just to celebrate the diversity of the families at Fort Jackson,” Brian Perry, the school’s principal, said. “(Because this is) a military post, there’s diversity everywhere.”

In addition to the parade, the students recited the Pledge of Allegiance in both English and Spanish, and were treated to a vocal performance by “One Life,” a local teen music group, whose members include the twin sons of one of Pierce Terrace’s teachers.

Afterward, attendees got a taste of each country’s local fare with a food sampling and participated in a variety of games and activities.

“The International Day is a culmination of our work that we’ve done through the year,” said Wanda Beatty, who chairs the school’s Multicultural Committee. “We serve children whose parents are from all over the world and who have traveled all over the world. This helps the children be able to value and understand other cultures.”

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