The parking lot of the Tokeneke School was packed on Wednesday Feb. 6. Families from the school were pouring in the main corridor from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to celebrate Passport Around the World Family Night.
It was a first for the school, and a wildly successful one at that. Food from local vendors like Coromandel was proudly displayed and happily eaten by kids and adults a like.
The gym was filled with interesting reports and displays made by the students about different cultures around the world.
The cafeteria/common room boasted a stage with a wide range of entertainment to represent different cultures. At 6 p.m. sharp, the youngest boys and girls there put their elbows and chins up on the edge of the stage and were mesmerized by the beautiful Franci Torres, a vibrant Zumba instructor at Flair Fitness Darien, who was asked to demonstrate a traditional Latin American dance.
The crowd errupted with applause when she was done and lots of little girls were still spinning in circles, pretending they were wearing a flowy skirt like Ms. Torres. Other fabulous acts included a dance troupe from the Darien Arts Center and a festive Bollywood number and Irish Dancers from Pender Keady Academy.
Principal Mary Michelson emceed the entertainment and looked like she was thrilled with the number of attendants and the quality of things to see, do, and experience at Tokeneke's first Passport Around the World Family Event. Seems like one for next year could be in the works!