Students and faculty got a taste of dozens of cultures, Feb. 23-24, during the high-school Passport Lunch and a performance from the Fenix Drum and Dance Company on the following day.
On Feb. 23 high-school advisories and language departments held the annual Passport Lunch to fundraise for Breakthrough Sacramento. Tickets for the lunch were $5 and raised $510 total. Students brought dishes, desserts and drinks from around the world.
On Feb. 24 the Fenix Drum and Dance Company performed West African, Peruvian and Caribbean rhythms in a drum circle and then led students through a dance routine in an all-school assembly.
High schoolers line up outside of math teacher Chris Millsback's popular American room. The room featured classic American delicacies, such as tater tots, In-N-Out burgers and fries, hot dogs, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Chex Mix and soda. (Photo by Larkin Barnard-Bahn)
Junior Bryce Longoria digs into his Bolognese pasta. (Photo by Jake Longoria)
In Latin teacher Jane Batarseh's Mediterranean room, images of beaches and crystal-clear ocean were projected as students chose from her selection of finger food. (Photo by Héloïse Schep)
History teacher Sue Nellis breaks up some strawberry-flavored chocolate for her chocolate room. Nellis's room is usually so popular that a member of her advisory is always stationed at the door to ensure that students don't come back for seconds and take only a couple pieces. (Photo by Héloïse Schep)
Senior Avi Bhullar begins her meal of samosas, dumplings, eggrolls, pasta and Spanish rice. (Photo by Marigot Fackenthal)
Freshman Max Kemnitz brought this giant apple tart for French teacher Richard Day's French room. (Photo by Héloïse Schep)
A selection of noodles and pastas like pasta pecorino and Bolognese pasta awaits hungry high schoolers in librarian Joanne Melinson's office. (Photo by David Situ)
Freshman John Snyder displays the mound of food teetering on his plate after scavenging through classrooms at the Passport Lunch. (Photo by David Situ)
Junior Nico Burns picks out a crepe in French teacher Richard Day's French room. (Photo by Allison Zhang)
Ted Zhou squirts some ketchup on his hot dog in math teacher Chris Millsback's American room. (Photo by Annya Dahmani)
Only a few In-n-Out burgers remain in math teacher Chris Millsback's American room. (Photo by David Situ)
A drummer leads the Pitchy Patchy monster into the gym with the beat of her drum as the rest of the students get seated. (Photo by Jack Christian)
The Pitchy Patchy monster throws its arms around during the Pre-K class's annual Pitchy Patchy Parade before the World Cultures Day performance. (Photo by Jack Christian)
Juniors Yasmin Gupta, Jake Longoria, Harkirat Lally and Katia Dahmani reach for a rattle tossed to them by a performer. Dozens of rattles were handed out to students who were encouraged to play along with the drummers. (Photo by Jack Christian)
A dancer jumps in the air during a West African song.
A dancer twirls to the beat of a Peruvian song.
High schoolers get in the groove and practice the dance moves they learned from the performers.
A performer leads the lower- and middle-school students in a dance. (Photo by Jack Christian)
—By Sonja Hansen