by Susan Fox

A heritage festival can be a wonderful educational and community-building event.

At P.S. 107 in Brooklyn, Heritage Day is a celebration of the families’ many countries and cultures of origin. For one Saturday each March, parent and grandparent volunteers transform the school’s classrooms with decorations and informative poster-board displays, games, traditional crafts, costumes, musical instruments, and more, from every corner of the globe. Children are issued a “passport,” and they receive a flag sticker after their visit to each country.

Student and parent performers show off their skills; highlights from past years include Irish step dancing, African drumming, and bluegrass banjo. In the cafeteria, families can sample homemade dishes, from New Orleans jambalaya to Ethiopian lentils to Mexican tamales.