March 12, 2010 (Lakeside) - Travel around the world and learn about other cultures, watch traditional country dances, play carnival games and taste exotic foods without leaving San Diego County. It's all part of the Lakeside Union School District and Riverview Elementary School's second annual International Fair on Saturday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The community event, complete with a one-of-the kind silent auction and local vendor booths takes place on the grounds of Riverview Elementary School at 9308 Winter Gardens Boulevard in Lakeside.
“This year’s theme – Take Your Imagination to Another Destination says it all,” said Olympia Kyriakidis, principal, Riverview Elementary School. “Students will be performing dances from around the globe, guests can play fun carnival games representing various countries, delicious food, craft booths and a fabulous silent auction are all part of the day’s activities. It is an event not to be missed!”
Since Riverview Elementary School offers a Spanish immersion program and the students also learn Mandarin Chinese, the International Fair was created to allow students an opportunity to learn more about and celebrate other cultures. In addition, the Fair helps raise money for the school allowing the students to participate in extra activities that have often been overlooked or cut during budget time.
Last year, more than 1,000 people participated in the Fair and organizers are hoping for a similar sized crowd this year. For those concerned about parking, a shuttle service will be offered from Lemon Crest Elementary School. Sponsors for this year’s International Fair include James Fread - State Farm Insurance, Bay City Electric, Mission Federal Credit Union, Alpine Rock & Block and Lakeside Optimists.
“I hope people will join the Riverview students and the Lakeside community for this wonderful event that celebrates the melting pot that makes our world,” said Venus Rodvold, Riverview PTA’s ways & means chair and International Fair organizer. “The International Fair is a great way to help our students and learn about the world without ever having to board a plane.”
All proceeds will benefit Riverview’s PTA to provide field trips, assemblies, art, music and dance for Riverview students. For more information, please call (619) 390-2662 or go to http://rvptalakesideca.homestead.com/