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Taste of Jerling International Night: A Celebration of Diversity and Unity (Gallery)

Jerling Junior High Parents For Education sponsored the first-ever event featuring dance, food and culture from 15 different countries.

Families from representing 15 different countries of people living in Orland Park showed their pride and cultural heritage Friday through food, costumes and cultural displays.

Croatia, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Serbia, Syria and Thailand were all represented by families with students who attend Jerling. 

Dianne Kotsogiannis, PFE coordinator of the event, was pleased with the large turnout and thankful for the parent participation that allowed Taste of Jerling to happen.

Over 100 students from ’s International Club pulled out all the stops with cultural dance performances for the second half of the event. Colorful costumes and lively dance moves entertained the audience.

Jerling Principal Pam Hodgson said celebrating cultural diversity can bring people in America together as one. Her vision became reality as families from all over the globe shared food, laughter and conversation.

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