By Aydan Prime,
Cultural music, national anthems and smells of ethnic cuisine filled the south gym. Students from language clubs and classes sold treats starting from 75 cents. On Mar. 8 from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Davis High annual World Language Fair took place at DHS in the south gym. Students came to represent different foreign language clubs and classes sold food and provided arts and crafts for DHS students and other members of the community looking to expand their knowledge on foreign cultures.
The fair included tables for the Japanese Club, Chinese Club, Latinos Unidos, Muslim Student Association (MSA), French Club and German Club. People stopped at tables to buy treats from that culture or take part in the multiple arts and crafts and trivia games, or watch a visual presentation from the presenters at the tables.
The various groups were also able to give a performance to onlookers at the fair; most sang a song from their culture or did a traditional dance.
“Every year the world language teachers get together and we organize this world language fair. We give all the various language clubs the chance to celebrate their culture with the community and kids from the high school,” Spanish teacher Janice Candelario said.
The purpose of the event was to raise consciousness of the different cultures and language clubs that we have at DHS, and encourage people to get involved in these clubs.
“I think this event is important because a lot of people aren’t really exposed to Arab culture here in America, so this is a good way to show people in Davis what we’re all about,” MSA member Abdel Balla said.
“We are just trying to spread awareness of the German culture because people don’t really know that Germany influenced so much of the American culture, so we’re doing trivia and some fun little flower crafts,” president of German Club Andira Gilliam said.
After participating in one of the activities offered at the tables, students and other participants received a stamp on their “passport,” for which many foreign language teachers offered extra credit.