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Community Event Offers Food, Games, Music and Family Fun

May 22, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Travel around the world and learn about other cultures, watch traditional country dances, play carnival games and taste exotic foods at Riverview Elementary School’s 7th Annual International Fair on Saturday, May 30 from 11am to 5pm. This fun-filled community event, complete with a one-of-the kind silent auction, crafts for the kids, photo booth, face painting, vendor booths, games and delicious international food 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, or check out our Facebook page at


“We are excited to host our 7th Annual International Fair,” said Olympia Kyriakidis, principal, Riverview Elementary School. “What started out as a small gathering to teach our students about accepting other cultures and embracing diversity has blossomed in to a much anticipated community celebration!  This year’s theme is United Through Language and every day Riverview students are learning the beauty of other languages.”

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 Global Power, Preferred Mobile D.J. Entertainment and Lakeside Equipment Rental.

“I hope everyone will join the Riverview students and Lakeside community for this wonderful celebration,” said Christina Oesterling, Riverview International Fair organizer. “The International Fair is a great way to have fun, celebrate diversity, learn about cultures from around the world and raise much-needed funds.”

About Riverview Elementary School

Riverview Elementary School’s purpose is to create a nurtured community of learners who will become tomorrow’s global citizens and leaders. RES provides a balanced education and pursues a three-way collaborative effort among students, parents and school in order to maximize the students’ success. Since the fall of 2006, RES has offered a Spanish immersion program for its students. This program provides a unique educational opportunity in which children develop the ability to speak, read, and write in English and Spanish. Students begin participating in the development of a third enrichment language, Mandarin Chinese, beginning at Kindergarten.  In 2010, Riverview began its Mandarin immersion program with Spanish as the third language.



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