Oak Avenue hosts an international festival celebrating diversity | Schools

Oak Avenue School is set to host an International Festival from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 1 on the campus’ Black Roof, an annual event that celebrates the diversity of the school community.

According to Rumi Bhattacharyya, a parent organizer of the event, parents volunteer to represent a country by hosting a table that includes exhibits, food, crafts and more.

“Families can ‘visit’ each of the countries represented and children receive a paper passport which is stamped or taped as they move to the different country tables,” Bhattacharyya said via email.

According to Oak Director Kimberly Attell, the International Festival will feature 18 countries. She billed the event as a “community-building” gathering limited to Oak students, staff and parents.

“We weren’t able to come together as an Oak community due to the latest COVID restrictions,” she said.

A promotional flyer for the Oak Avenue International Festival held on October 1; the festival aims to celebrate diversity in the Oak Avenue community.

Attell added that the district requires proof of vaccinations from all volunteers on campus, and everyone who attends will be asked to follow COVID protocols.

“For attendees, we are asking them to follow masking on campus protocols, as well as self-checking for symptoms before coming to the event,” she said. “In addition, we have designated dining areas away from the festival tables. The event will be spaced out and we encourage social distancing.

Darcy J. Skinner