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Extra Credit: Farmington Elementary celebrates diversity

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GERMANTOWN, TN (WMC-TV) - For the past three years Farmington Elementary School has taken on the look of a multicultural kaleidoscope during the school-wide multicultural celebration. This year's theme: "Friendly Faces & Faraway Places."

No matter the theme, organizers say the festival is always a calendar favorite, largely because of the many students, teachers and parents with diverse cultural backgrounds.

"And it's an opportunity to share that and for their children also to share it with their friends," says ESL teacher Leslie Parker.

Among the countries celebrated this year: China, Japan, India, Pakistan, Korea, Ethiopia, Palestine, Germany, Puerto Rico, Australia and New Zealand.

The students spent weeks preparing.

Speech Therapist Cynthia Heyward says, "They get involved in art and music and the food and the customs of various countries.."

Festival day begins with students showing off their traditional international clothing in a hallway parade, followed by a fair where parents set up booths and learning stations featuring artifacts from each of the nations.

The celebration ends with students performing songs, dances and other dramatic presentations which highlight their cultural heritage.

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