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Bienvenida! Laskavo prosymo! Akeyi! Welcome!

What a joyful gathering it was at Pine Bush High School when students and family members in the English as a New Language program shared their culture and celebrated the diversity of the district at the annual pot luck dinner.

Three children dressed in colorful Mexical garb and large hats stand with two women. All are smiling

Cathy Aller, ENL leader for the district, welcomed everyone to the celebration and introduced her ENL team. The ENL teachers and students participated in the “Spotlight” video which was produced, directed and edited by the district’s newest ENL teacher, Juan Weissenberg of CVMS.

The countries and cuisines represented included: Haiti, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Guatemala, Ghana, India, Pakistan and Ukraine, among others.

A man holding a toddler holds out his plate as a woman puts food on it. Behind them are lines of people getting food.

The night’s festivities included face painting, animal balloon making, a photo booth and a BOCES table with information on English as a Second Language classes for adults. But the real star of the night was the international food! It was a feast, with homemade foods from many different countries.

Three women, all in yellow and black shirts, stand at a crockpot ready to spoon out the contents.

“This is always one of my favorite nights,” said Superintendent of Schools Tim Mains. “The welcoming feeling, the camaraderie is just so endearing. And the food is out of this world.”

A young boy with his face painted as a tiger.

Pine Bush Central School District
State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Phone: (845) 744-2031
Fax: (845) 744-6189
Tim O. Mains
Superintendent of Schools
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