Despite the rain, sleet and snow on Friday night, about 800 people showed up for the 2nd annual Falls Church Elementary Parent Teacher Association-sponsored Come Fly with Me International Night at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School to celebrate the cultural diversity in Falls Church City.
Hosts at each of the 25 tables at the event represented a different country and inspired children to visit their countries. Children had their names written in Hindi and Korean and learned fun facts like how Finnish students start school at age 7.
Thomas Jefferson third grader Sammy Khouri, who sang in German, was one of a few cultural performances throughout the night. Jhoon Rhee Taekwondo, Irish Dancers and 50/50 Brazilian Jiu Jitsu were the others.
Meanwhile, families feasted on a fantastic spread of Ethiopian lentils, Oh Mercy’s Ghanian Hot Sauce, Italian desserts, Malagasy cassava fritters, Vietnamese banh mi and much much more. All proceeds from the night will go towards the purchase of books that promote tolerance and diversity for our school libraries.