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PTA hosts Taste of Holcomb Bridge Middle School in Roswell
Annual event celebrates cultures from around world

by Jonathan Copsey

March 27, 2013

Boy Scouts from Troop 226 serve pizza in the Italian hallway at HBMS. From left: Ware Edmondson, Brandon Carr, Eemil Harkonen, Wesley Deal, Cooper Edmondson, Max Lucas and Alex Hayes.
Boy Scouts from Troop 87 in Roswell sell beverages. From left: Ben Wood, Jackson Laidhold, Brandon Crowe, Kyle Nichols, Alex Campbell and Barb Crowe.
Rising sixth-grade students and Horseshoe Bend residents Mandy Larsen and Camden Thompson share traditional food from Iran.
HBMS teacher Tierra Gilbert, center, enjoys International Night with students from the sixth, seventh and eighth grades.
The Lamarche family — Philippe, Réal, Genevieve and Emanuelle — represent Canada with homemade date squares and maple cones.
ROSWELL, Ga. What type of salad is served in Iran? In which countries is French spoken?

Families learned the answers to these questions and many more at the annual Taste of Holcomb Bridge Feb. 28, which took place at Holcomb Bridge Middle School.

Hosted by the PTA, 22 cultures were represented, including Lithuania, Haiti, the African Ivory Coast, Cuba, Ireland, Japan, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Jamaica, Canada, Spain, Columbia, Mexico and the U.S.

Students shared their cultures through food, music and dance performances, celebrating the many different traditions, ethnicities and customs represented in the area.

"This event is yet another way to celebrate our diversity and international representation right in our own neighborhood," said Principal Joy Schroerlucke. "We have 34 countries represented at Holcomb Bridge Middle School alone. Who needs to travel when you can learn so much from each other right here?"

While all families in the community were invited, rising sixth-grade families from River Eves, Hillside and Esther Jackson Elementary schools were especially encouraged to attend.

"This was the first event we attended at Holcomb Bridge Middle School," said Kim Thompson, one of the organizers. "It was a fun and relaxed way to spend time at the middle school before our oldest son started in the fall. And now our youngest will start next fall."

3/28/13 RN