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2017-09-14 / Front Page

Union East Elementary to host Multicultural Festival for Central students

by NICK KONOTOPSKYJ
Reporter

The Cheektowaga Central School District is offering a free festival from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Union East Elementary parking lot, 3550 Union Road.

The 2017 “Multicultural Festival” will feature food, activities and entertainment from various countries around the world and is available only to Cheektowaga Central students and their families.

Kimberly Hlavaty, a fourth-grade special education teacher at Union East, has been in the district for five years and has been involved with the festival throughout her tenure in the district.

“The event will feature tables to represent 10 different countries from around the world, including Scotland, United States, Italy, Russia, Mexico, Poland, Afghanistan, Somalia, Canada and Lebanon,” Hlavaty said. “Each country gets a table with a typical food or craft that will be there for students and families to eat or create.”

According to Hlavaty, there will also be music, a book fair, bounce house, cotton candy, popcorn and snow cones available. She also explained how the event not only exposes students and families to unfamiliar customs from other countries, but also is another way to remain active within the district and develop relationships with faculty members.

“Cheektowaga Central students and families should attend this event to learn more about different countries and be able to experience different foods and customs from these countries,” Hlavaty said. “It is also a great way for students and families to get to know the teachers and administrators at Union East Elementary and build a sense of community within our school district.”

In case of rain, the event will be moved inside to Union East’s gymnasium and cafeteria. To learn more about the 2017 Cheektowaga Central Multicultural Festival, visit www.cheektowagak12.org.

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