Fifth grade students and their family members recently attended Café Cultural, an annual event designed to showcase the elementary World Language program in Westfield Public Schools.
For a seventh year, attendees of the open house-style event viewed colorful student projects on display while sampling foods of different cultures brought in by the families, including Irish soda bread, crepes, Lo Mein, and Papa a la Huancaina, a Peruvian creamy potato appetizer.
Café Cultural was “originally created to give us a different way to reach parents as well as to showcase how strong our elementary World Language program is,” says Lisa DeSousa who, with fellow Spanish teachers Elise Brunhofer, Michelle Roig and Gonzalo Gonzalez-Vasquez, organized the event. “The projects are a great way for parents to see how much Spanish their child is learning in the classroom over the course of our three-year program.”
DeSousa estimates attendance at the Café Cultural as more than 500. The event was held on March 28 in the Westfield High School cafeterias.
“We hope that the student work speaks for itself and shows how important learning another language is,” DeSousa says, adding that she hopes the annual event also creates “a fun environment for families to celebrate each other’s cultures, surrounded by what brings so many people together -- food.”