Students interested in promoting Geneva’s diversity are invited to take part in Geneva City School District’s Third Annual Festival of Nations on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 3 – 5 p.m. The Festival seeks to celebrate the many cultures that make up the greater Geneva community through art, food, music, presentations, and a community resource fair. The event is free and open to the public.
This year, the Festival will include a fundraiser and silent auction, organized by Geneva High School students, to benefit the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Intercultural Affairs, Geneva Reads, Hip-Notiqs, fraternities, and Hope House will be taking part in the Festival this year. Other students will be teaching origami, calligraphy, and kung fu. William Smith alumna Celeste Orton ’09 will also be in attendance with the Geneva Human Rights Commission.
Last year, more than 1,000 community members were in attendance, along with the support of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club, 4-H Camp, Child and Family Resources, Family Counseling, the Library, Human Rights Commission, League of Women Voters, NAACP, and Legal Assistance, among others.
“Volunteering at Festival of Nations would be a positive way to engage in a community program,” says Katie Flowers, associate director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. “The Geneva City School District children would appreciate interacting with HWS students, who would in turn have the opportunity to learn more about the community.”
Volunteers are in demand for tabling and serving food. Interested students can sign up by contacting Flowers by Friday, Feb. 12.