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Mount Prospect School Again Offering Sights and Flavors of 'International Day'

Annual event, with food made by parents in the community, presented to students during day, and public in evening.

The students at Mount Prospect School dressed to represent countries from around the world. Submitted photo
The students at Mount Prospect School dressed to represent countries from around the world. Submitted photo
Mount Prospect Elementary School, in the international neighborhood of The Hills section of Basking Ridge, is holding the school's third annual International Day and Evening on January 31, which will give the public an opportunity to both see and taste some of the countries represented in the school's population.

During the school day, the school will set up learning exhibits representing 20 countries, said Mt. Prospect Principal Joanne Hozeny. 

Students in each grade level at the kindergarten through grade 5 school will have an opportunity to visit four or five countries to learn about those places, she said.

In the evening, the same countries will provide brief displays, she added.

Taste the nations

At 5:30 p.m., the Mount Prospect cafeteria will be transformed into "Taste the Nations," an opportunity for the public to taste foods from America, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Scotland, South Korea and Spain. 

Parents from the community prepare the different types of food, Hozeny said.

At 6:30 p.m., visitors will start moving to the school's gymnasium for the always-accomplished dance performances presented by the school's third grade classes.

The students are practicing to perform the dances under the tutelage of Joanna Pang Atkins, Hozeny said. She also provides the authentic costumes worn by the children, the school principal said.

The performance is set to begin at 7 p.m., she said.

Parents, siblings and grandparents all are welcome to the special performance, the principal said.

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