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Ransom Everglades celebrates the diversity of the RE middle school community at the Cultural Fusion Festival

Ransom Everglades celebrated the cultural and ethnic diversity of its middle school students and professional community with a vibrant Cultural Fusion Festival on May 3 featuring live performances and 24 booths adorned with nations' flags, artifacts and decorations. The colorful booths, which were manned by RE parents and community members, offered delicious bites and lined the entry to the middle school and path to the Dell, providing a vibrant promenade for students as they left the assembly in the gymnasium to enjoy the mid-day break.

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The festival began with a host of musical and artistic performances. Students listened to the middle school band play "Around the World in 80 Measures" under the direction of director Cathi Leibinger. Outside dance troupes performed the tango, the national dance of Argentina, and the Brazilian Capoeira, and student leaders Maya Bhandari '28, Ria Bhandari '28, Misha Gowda '28 and Maxie Wu '28 shared a presentation on Asian American/Pacific Islander History Month. RE faculty member Drew Cardinale talked about the significance and history of capoeira, a blend of martial arts and dance from Brazil.

Austin Gomez '28 served as emcee, introducing fellow students and the professional performers, and encouraging his peers. "Today, we’re celebrating the rich tapestry of cultures that make our school community so vibrant," Gomez said. "Our festival is about more than just food and dancing. It’s about truly experiencing and celebrating the difference between us that make us stronger, more connected and more understanding of one another."

The event was organized by middle school faculty members Karina Buhler and Vanessa Lopez with the support of Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement Wendell Graham '74.

The countries/cultures represented: Brazil, Chile, Haiti, Nicaragua, Germany, Cuba, Israel/Judaism, India, Argentina, Mexico, Ukraine, France, China, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Nigeria, Canada, Australia, Venezuela, Colombia, Armenia, Uruguay, Lebanon, the U.S.A.

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Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.