First International Festival includes dance, food and more in Crestview

Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 01:25 PM.

The program — part of the school district's push to increase diversity education — allows students to meet people from other cultures and experience their traditions, which will help prepare them for interacting in a multicultural world, Galindo said.

"When they grow up and go into the working environment, they will meet people from other cultures," Galindo said. "This will help them get ready for that."

It will also let parents and adults share their cultures' traditions with their children and other students assimilating into the nation's melting pot.

"People come here as a first generation, but the second generation starts adopting the American culture and forgets about their roots," she said.

Galindo said the festival would also help attendees become more sensitive to traditions from other cultures while reinforcing America's embrace of people from all over the world.

"We want to invite people to understand other cultures and understand each other," she said. "I think it's going to be beautiful."

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