April 17, 2013 - Leonard Elementary's second-graders held a World Fair Friday afternoon to help themselves and others learn about the countries where their ancestors came from.
Wearing a kilt, Leonard Elementary second-grader Piper McFarlin (left) shows assorted items from Scotland to (from right) Kaitlyn Tibbitt, Riley Franz and Alexis Boyd. (click for larger version)
A total of 21 nations were represented by booths lining the school's gymnasium. Many of the students brought in personal artifacts to represent their countries such as a menora, Ukrainian Easter eggs and a German nutcracker. They also brought in traditional foods and music from their ancestors' native lands as well as old photos of relatives.
The fair was the culmination of the IB unit "Where We Are in Place and Time."
The lesson required students to research their ancestors, the journeys they took to reach the U.S. and the numerous reasons people immigrate here.
CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.