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Upon entering Abbey Lane Elementary School’s Multicultural Night, Levittown fourth-grade student David Zelaya took a passport photo.

It was a night of culture for Levittown students and their parents from Abbey Lane Elementary School, who attended the school’s first Multicultural Night, held at Levittown Memorial Education Center.

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Abbey Lane Elementary School students Kathleen Hoffmann, Gabriella Florio and Angelina Florio attended Multicultural Night.

Prior to entering the event, the students took a photo for their passports in the Customs area and then joined their peers for a delicious meal of diverse cultural foods donated from 11 local eateries and district families.

There was also entertainment, including a mariachi band from Margarita’s Café, step dancing by Donny Golden School of Irish Dance, a snake charmer from Caravan Connection and Tribal Dance Long Island, a flamenco dance demonstration by parent Lisa Nazli and partner Vito Genna, a taekwondo demonstration by Y.H. Park Taekwondo Academy, and a Greek dance performance by Abbey Lane faculty members.

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Angela Bandura and mother Olga Bandura brought a dessert from their native Ukraine to Abbey Lane’s Multicultural Night.

Principal Dr. George Maurer explained that the Multicultural Night Committee planned the well-attended event. Families who brought food representing their culture also submitted a recipe, which will be included in the school’s recipe book. “It was a wonderful evening and an event I hope we can look forward to each year,” Dr. Maurer said.

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During Abbey Lane’s Multicultural Night, a mariachi band from Margarita’s Café serenaded the students and parents.

 

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