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International Week 2023 Recap
Students and Employees Come Together in a Festive Homecoming Week and Stunning Parade Showcasing Over 80 Cultures
Indianapolis, IN - October 5, 2023
From September 26 to 30, the International School of Indiana (ISI) came alive with a burst of colors, cultural pride, and school spirit during the annual International Week celebration. This event, which has quickly become a signature tradition at ISI since its inception in 2019, not only celebrated the school's past, present, and future but also raised funds for Upper School Clubs and their outside philanthropic priority.
The week was off to an energetic start with students participating in different spirit days, proudly displaying their affection for ISI, their language tracks, their houses, and this year’s homecoming theme: Come on, Barbie, let's go party. However, one of the most memorable highlights of the week was the Timmy Club Color Run, which served as a fundraiser for Timmy Global Health. In an exciting development this year, Grade 4 and 5 students were invited to join in for the first time, contributing to a new Color Run fundraising record of $2,232.
The pinnacle of the International Week was the International Parade & Festival held on Friday afternoon. Students, faculty, and staff took to the track, carrying flags representing their native nations and wearing attire emblematic of their unique backgrounds. With over 80 flags, it was a breathtaking display of cultural pride and unity.
Following the parade, the International Festival kicked off, offering an array of carnival-style games, live music, concessions, and food trucks featuring international cuisine. Upper School students and clubs provided the music and hosted game and activity booths, which not only added to the festivities but also served as a fundraising effort for the clubs. Lower School students had a chance to participate in various activities for just $1, including games like Can Knock-Down, Bag Toss, and Face Painting. The Upper School clubs collectively raised over $1,200 through their booths.
The success of International Week would not have been possible without the incredible support from the ISI community and the dedication of numerous volunteers from the ISI Parent Association who put in their time and effort to ensure the event ran smoothly. It truly showcased the power of unity and collaboration.
For those who attended this event, the memories are not lost. Keep an eye out for a commemorative photo gallery to relive the colorful and diverse celebration - coming to your inbox soon! With energizing spirit days, an exuberant parade, and a festival that gave our community time to relax and spend time together, ISI's International Week is a Homecoming to remember.