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6th Annual CISD Multicultural Fair This Thursday

                The sixth annual Cleburne ISD Multicultural Fair will be held Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the Cleburne Conference Center featuring student performances, children’s activities, a book swap and information booths on programs available to students and their families through campuses and the community.

                “It has been so great to see this celebration of the diversity within our schools and community become an established event,” Christy Burton, CISD director of World Languages said. “We always try to host this in March in conjunction with Texas Public Schools Week. If you have never attended the Multicultural Fair, you need to come be a part of all the activity.”

                “We are so grateful to the businesses, agencies and churches within our community who serve as sponsors and participants,” Burton said. “From hosting booths to providing refreshments and door prizes, they reflect the continual support given to our students and schools by our stakeholders.”

                Exhibits, including artwork by elementary students in the Gifted/Talented program, will be featured in the lower half of the Conference Center, while information, food and fun will be located in the Exhibit Hall. Student groups will be performing in the Conference Center Theatre.

                Performances will be conducted in ten minute intervals starting at 5:15 p.m. and will include the Marti Wrangler Choir, Adams Elementary Gator Choir, Gerard Elementary First Grade Choir, C.C. Cooke Vocal Roar and songs by students in Irving’s two-way dual language classes.

                The Irving Drama Club will present “Multicultural Folktales” while members of the Santa Fe Elementary production of “Annie” will perform two songs from the musical. Students from Irving will also be featured in a Ballet Folklórico performance of “El Jarabe Tapatio,” the national dance of Mexico.

                Members of the Gerard Elementary Broadway Bunch afterschool program will present show tunes from popular musicals. The evening will also feature a district-wide ensemble of Marshallese student dancers performing the Jobwa Stick Dance, a traditional dance of the Marshall Islands. Cleburne High School band students will perform as members of state-qualifying ensembles.

                The showcase of student talent will conclude at 7:35 p.m. with CHS theater arts students performing two songs from “Hamilton.” Takara Bailey and Rylee Mullen, who are among seven Texas high school students selected to compete at the International Thespian Festival, will also be featured.

                 The Multicultural Fair is open to the community. Admission is free.