Academy Hosts International Festival
The MAAS PTO hosted its Third Annual International Festival on March 2, 2018. The Festival is a multi-cultural event which helps to further the IB mission of intercultural understanding and respect. Students participated in traditional cultural activities from countries around the world including Mexico, New Zealand, Hawaii, India, Israel and the Caribbean. An all-female steel drum band provided authentic Caribbean music throughout the evening. The festival concluded with several cultural performances from Vietnam, India (Bollywood) and Polynesian Islands. Highlighting the performances was our very own MAAS fourth and fifth grade Culture Club.
The Culture Club students explored Polynesian Culture in-depth through a grant provided by the Aloha Festival. During the course comprised of 13 classes, students were taught geography, music, history, language, dance, and much more. The Culture Club opened the performances with the Oli (Hawaiian chant), performed the Hula Kahiko, and played the Ukulele while Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Akey performed the Hula Auana. The evening ended with a student lead E Ku Mau Mua which is a chant used as a celebration of togetherness.
The International Festival was a wonderful celebration of cultural diversity!