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PHOTOS: Many Nations, One Celebration held at Christa McAuliffe school

The representative in the China room signs the passports of two children. Photo by Alec Hamilton1 / 6
The volunteer for the Australia room shows off pictures from when she traveled through the country. Photo by Alec Hamilton2 / 6
A crowd learns about weaving in South America that is demonstrated with construction paper. Photo by Alec Hamilton3 / 6
An AFS volunteer writes the names of kids in Japanese. Photo by Alec Hamilton4 / 6
Kids take turns learning Spanish vocabulary using flashcards in the Mexico room. Photo by Alec Hamilton5 / 6
A representative of Tanzania gives a Powerpoint presentation about the customs and foods of her country. Photo by Alec Hamilton6 / 6

Christa McAuliffe Elementary School hosted the the Many Nations, One Celebration event put on by the Parent-Teacher Coalition and AFS-USA Friday, May 12.

The McAuliffe PTC wanted to put together an event that highlights the diversity in Hastings and the surrounding area. They partnered with AFS-USA (formerly the American Field Service) an organization that promotes "intercultural learning and offers international exchange programs" according to their website. AFS helps bring over foreign exchange students to the US and sends American students overseas all over the country including Hastings and the southeast metro. Numerous rooms throughout the school were converted to represent over 15 different countries, while AFS exchange students and volunteers gave presentations on whatever country they were from or had traveled too.

Kids and their families were given passport books and with each room they visited and they received a stamp in their booklet. There were countries from all around the world, including: Australia/New Zealand, Tanzania, Kenya, Italy, Greece, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Norway, Mexico, Ecuador, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Japan and China.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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