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March 9, 2013 (Lakeside) - Travel around the world and learn about other cultures, watch traditional country dances, play carnival games and taste exotic foods at Riverview Elementary School and Lakeside Union School District’s 5th Annual International Fair on Saturday, March 16th from 11am to 5pm. This fun-filled community event, complete with a one-of-the-kind silent auction, inflatables for the kids, photo booth, face painting, petting zoo and local product vendor and food booths takes place on the grounds of Riverview Elementary School at 9308 Winter Gardens Boulevard in Lakeside. All proceeds will benefit Riverview’s PTSA to provide field trips, assemblies, art, music and dance for Riverview students. For more information, please call (619) 390-2662, go to or check out our Facebook page at

“This year’s theme is Everyone Smiles in the Same Language,” said Olympia Kyriakidis, principal, Riverview Elementary School. “It is a perfect theme for our school and this year’s fair. Every day our students are immersed in another language and learn about other cultures. However, they are often most surprised to discover that they have many similarities with people from all over the world.”

Since Riverview Elementary School offers Spanish and Mandarin Chinese immersion programs, the International Fair was created to allow students an opportunity to learn more about and celebrate other cultures. In addition, the International Fair helps raise money for the school allowing the students to participate in extra activities that are overlooked or cut during budget time.

Last year, more than 1,000 people attended the International Fair and organizers are anticipating a similar sized crowd this year.  Parking and shuttle service will be available at Lemon Crest Elementary School. Sponsors for this year’s International Fair include James Fread - State Farm Insurance, Alpine Rock & Block, Barona Tribal Council, Global Power, Higher Level Sound and Lakeside Equipment Rental.

“I hope everyone will join the Riverview students and the Lakeside community for this wonderful event that celebrates diversity” said Venus Rodvold, Riverview International Fair organizer. “The International Fair is a great way to help our students and for the community to learn about the fun and exciting cultures that exist around the world.”

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