CVES celebrates cultures of the world

Bruce Wheatley performs a traditional Irish tune on the bagpipes during Creek View Elementary School’s cultural day on May 6. (Reporter Photo/Neal Wagner)

Bruce Wheatley performs a traditional Irish tune on the bagpipes during Creek View Elementary School’s cultural day on May 6. (Reporter Photo/Neal Wagner)

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – Students at Alabaster’s Creek View Elementary School flooded the school’s hallways with colorful representations of cultures from around the world on May 6 as they celebrated their second-annual culture fair.

Throughout the day, each class at CVES represented a different country, and donned the traditional clothing of the nation they were representing. Many classrooms also completed projects and decorated their rooms to honor the nation they chose.

The day marked the second year for the event, which kicked off last year with a parade representing 24 separate countries.

Creek View Elementary School students don the traditional dress of the nations they are representing during the school’s cultural day on May 6. (Reporter Photo/Neal Wagner)

Creek View Elementary School students don the traditional dress of the nations they are representing during the school’s cultural day on May 6. (Reporter Photo/Neal Wagner)

This year, the kids gathered in the cafeteria to start the day, and were treated to several performances from many different cultures:

-The group “Ballet Folklorico de Kingwood,” which translates as the “Folklore Ballet of Kingwood,” performed a traditional Mexican dance.

-Students in Andrea Godsey’s third-grade class performed a dance called “La Danza De Los Viejitos,” which translates to “The Old Man Dance.”

-Bruce Wheatley performed a traditional Irish tune on the bagpipes.

-Kaitlyn Creel performed an Indian classical folk-fusion dance.

-Debra Mauldin performed a traditional Hawaiian dance, followed by a Hawaiian dance performed by a group of third-graders who learned the dance in PE during Mauldin’s visits this week.

-Corky Bell School of Dance Junior Corkettes Caylee Fucci, Lauren McCombs, Natalie Mandell, Tori Machan, Laura Likis and Holly Fregusion performed an American dance.

After the performances in the cafeteria, students lined the hallway for the city’s first-ever parade of graduates by the Thompson High School class of 2016, followed by Creek View students holding a parade of nations through the school.