Maurice River Township Holds First International Heritage Day for Students

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MAURICE RIVER, N.J. -

Area elementary and middle school students had the chance to see the world on Monday without even leaving their classrooms as part of the first ever International Heritage Day in Maurice River Township.

With a passport in hand, students were given the opportunity to celebrate diversity and learn about new cultures as they hopped from country to country. The trip featured international guest speakers representing various ethnic backgrounds including Mexican, Chinese, Russian, and Philippino. Students also had the chance to sample various cultural dishes at the food court.

Monday's first of a kind event was created by the school's Spanish teacher, Joseph Vanderwerken.

"This will kind of open them up to the larger world that they're other people and cultures. And then here in our community, we have people that have that heritage that they may not be aware of that may include other traditions, and religions, and languages," said Vanderwerken.

The day of cultural celebration wrapped up with an international Q and A guest panel for the middle school students.

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