Ridgeites went around the world without leaving the neighborhood on Friday, March 22, when the Christ Church After School & Creative Youth Center hosted its annual Multicultural Festival.
All told, the children from the after school program performed dances and songs from 10 different countries, including an Australian song, a traditional African dance and even some American folk music.
The event was directed by Victoria Hofmo, who runs the program. She explained, “It's a great event and way to share the wonderful cultural richness of our After School family and our hometown, Bay Ridge.”
There was food available after the performance, with each family asked to provide a dish typical of their culture.
“It's really great,” said one mother as her seven-year-old son ran up to her after the performance. “This after school program teaches them so much, it's incredible. They go on trips, they learn and play, and they do amazing things like this. I'm so thankful for this program!”
One of the coordinators, Crystal, remarked how impressed she was with the dedication of the children. “They work so hard on this, and it means a lot to them,” she said. “It's great to see them so excited and to see them do so well in the end.”