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Culture Fest

Culture Fest Interest Inventory 2023

Hello families, 

Each year the ESL department holds an annual event for the ESL families in our school during the month of October. This year there has been a change in what and how we are celebrating. We have decided to do our first ever Culture Fest. Our new principal, Mr. Lancerio, and I have asked if all families of our school could participate in this event even if they weren’t classified as ESL being that there is such a rich diversity within Central Wilkes Middle School. They received our ideas positively.

Therefore, we are opening this opportunity for any of our students' families that would like to be a part. This event will take place on October 5th, 2023 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at the Wilkes County Board of Education (The Stone Center). The idea is to share your culture with other families in our county and let them see what cultures are represented in our school. Families could do a dance, sing a song, do a tri-fold and speak about your culture, do a craft, fix a dish to demonstrate food from your country, art and so much more. We would like this to be a student sponsored event and have them invest in who they are for this event. Our idea is that each country represented will work together to do a project together. We want all of you who can to be a part of this with your students.

However, we do realize that this does not give us much time to prepare for the event. It is our belief that if we all come together that we can make this a spectacular event even with little time. So we are asking that you reply below to the following questions by Tuesday, September 19th, 2023 and let us know if you would be interested in helping this be an amazing event which represents all of us and who we are. This event is open to all students regardless of cultural background or race. 

I will be available to assist in the event alongside my student.  Yes No

My student will be able to assist in this event. Yes No

I can provide transportation to and from the event. Yes No

Tentative dates to work on project depending on interest in participating in the event: 

Friday, September 22, 2023 5-7 pm

Friday, September 29, 2023 5-7 pm

Tuesday, October 3, 2023 5-7 pm


Barbara Ritchie ESL Teacher, Central Wilkes Middle School 2023-2024

If you are interested in participating please contact me by email at [email protected] by September 19th,