Travell Elementary School's International Expo, held on April 9, showcased more than two dozen countries. Since the theme of the expo was inventions and inventiveness, students learned about various countries' inventive contributions to the world.
During the day each class visited the expo, learning about their fellow students' backgrounds through Travell parent presentations. They were invited to "Travell" the world and answer questions in their "Passport to Innovation" about inventions, such as, "What do kids wear almost every day that was invented in Ireland?" (The answer? Sneakers!)
In the evening students and their families enjoyed a packed food court featuring sample foods from around the world, including sushi from Japan, Jamaican jerk chicken, mango lassi from India, and chocolate coconut balls from Sweden.
Students, many in traditional dress, marched a "parade of nations" to kick off performances from eight countries, including Japanese taiko drumming, a Chinese peacock dance, a bagpipe performance by retired Ridgewood firefighter (and Irishman) Sean Daly, and a Korean tae kwon do demonstration.