Locust Valley Elementary School students and their families celebrated diverse cultures during the International Food Festival on Nov. 6, sponsored by the Locust Valley Parents’ Council. Gathering in the Locust Valley Intermediate School cafeteria, the potluck-style dinner included dishes that represented the cultural origins of the families in attendance.

The cafeteria was decorated with flags of various countries and artwork made by students representing those countries. Culturally diverse activities were available for the children, who enjoyed getting their faces painted with Egyptian, Indian and Mexican designs and creating aboriginal dot paintings. 

World-class Russian violinist Anton Polezhayev performed “Gypsy Airs” by Pablo de Sarasate and the Hungarian dance song “Csárdás” by Vittorio Monti. Parents’ Council members Sara Maragos and Heather Siegel organized the event and said they were thrilled to have Polezhayev perform, as he has played in some of the world’s top orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic. “We were treated that night,” said Siegel.

“We truly appreciate the efforts of the Parents’ Council in organizing this event that brings the entire school population together as one,” said Locust Valley Elementary School Assistant Principal Amy Watson. “It was a beautiful night celebrating that which makes each of us unique.”