North East Carolina Prep Middle School students perform a lively folk dance as part of the International Day Celebration.
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North East Carolina Prep Middle School students perform a lively folk dance as part of the International Day Celebration.

Students think global

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TARBORO – Middle school students at North East Carolina Prep Charter School planned and recently hosted an International Day Celebration as part of their schoolwide efforts to promote global thinking and celebrate cultural diversity.

The youth-led evening program opened with a parade of students bearing international flags presented to a full-house audience in the school’s dining hall. Guided by teacher Dirk Lombard, a group dance and drama students delighted the audience with their performance of “Food, Glorious Food” from the musical Oliver. A small group performed a lively folk dance, rhythmically dancing between bamboo poles.

Music teacher Carleton Hirschi directed the chorus in their singing of selections in French and Spanish. Band members delivered a foreign-music theme performance accompanied by Executive Director John Westberg on the maracas.

The full-house audience enjoyed a display of artwork based on iconic world architecture 
created by the visual arts classes taught by Susan Cloer. In addition, the walls of the school were filled with displays of students’ academic projects related to their classroom studies of countries around the globe.

At the conclusion of the program, students and parents sampled a potluck assortment of ethnic snacks for refreshments. Many students helped prepare foods that represented the countries they had studied.

North East Carolina Prep is a tuition-free public charter school located in Tarboro. The school serves students from Edgecombe and surrounding counties in kindergarten through ninth grade.

All interested families are invited to meet school staff and learn more about the school. For some initial information about the school and the application process visit: www.necprepschool.com or call 252-641-0464.