Wilton High School celebrates world languages and cultures

World languages, cultures and diversity were celebrated at Wilton High School during the Festival of Languages,which took place Monday, April 6, through Wednesday, April 8.
The annual celebration, sponsored by the world language department, emphasizes open-mindedness and a global outlook. The festival has been a tradition at the high school for more than 20 years.
With at least one event offered every period of each day, the festival featured nearly 40 events ranging from German folk dancing and Japanese origami, to a presentation by the Model Congress and a talent show brimming with song, music and language.

A three-day-long international bake sale, run by the French and Spanish honor societies and the International Club, was held during lunch to benefit Doctors Without Borders.
Other workshops included zumba classes, a presentation on Russia and German classes presented adaptations of traditional fairy tales in the Little Theater.
The majority of events were student-run and several outside professionals were invited as well, such as a hypnotist and a New York City dance troupe showcasing a Bollywood style dance.

In addition to the world languages department, the event’s planning committee — comprised of students and faculty — also worked closely with the social studies, math and physical education departments to design events that connected across disciplines.
Events like Amnesty International’s presentation on human trafficking highlighted the importance of reaching beyond the high school community.