Julian Curtiss students prepare for worldly event

Students at the Julian Curtiss Magnet School of World Languages are preparing to get global at the school’s 23rd Annual United Nations Day Celebration on Oct. 24, kicking off with the always festive Parade of Nations.

More than 60 countries will be represented in the parade and every student will walk behind the flags of their respective countries, dressed in their country’s native attire.

The celebration will begin at 1 p.m. and will include several special guest speakers. United Nations Ambassador Joseph V. Reed, a Greenwich resident, will serve as a guest speaker, as he has been in attendance for the past 22 years, since the inception of this time-honored event. In addition, the school will feature Igor Garafulic, senior advisor for the United Nations Development Programme.

Mr. Garafulic is also a parent at Julian Curtiss, with children in second and third grade.

Additional guest speakers will include two fifth-grade students, Stella Santini and Rodrigo Yturralde, who will be sharing their thoughts on and reactions to their recent class field trip to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. And, lastly, the Julian Curtiss Choraleers, comprised of fourth and fifth grade students, will perform a song in honor of the special day.

The UN Day festivities will conclude with an International Food Tasting the following evening, wherein the Julian Curtiss community will showcase their culture and heritage by bringing and sharing dishes from around the world. This celebration will also feature Peruvian dancers as well as a traditional Chinese Lion Dance, performed courtesy of Steve DeMasco’s Shaolin Studios Kung Fu in Cos Cob.

Parents and students will be asked to come dressed in their country’s traditional attire to participate in a contest for best-dressed parent and child.

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