New Vistas Center for Education presents a World’s Fair each year to highlight the geography, history, culture, traditions and interests of other countries, many of which are represented by its diverse student population.
The 30th annual World’s Fair celebration will be held from 6 to 7:30pm Thursday, Dec. 15, at the private school, located in Chandler. The event is open to the public.
Because Chandler’s high-tech industries attract professionals from around the world, 70 percent of New Vistas’ student population are from nations other than the United States. This year’s student body includes children from 20 countries and four continents. Some students speak several different languages.
“With such a mixture of cultures, our children receive an education that reaches far beyond traditional subject matter,” says Carol Elias, co-director of the school.
Each classroom incorporates the study of several countries throughout the year, culminating in the World’s Fair. During the event, children, their parents and extended families visit classrooms decorated to represent the countries studied. They are able to “travel” from the African continent to Asia, Europe and Central and South America, immersed in the music and traditions of each nation, especially those surrounding unique holiday celebrations.
The United States also takes a prominent position as a nation made up of immigrants from around the globe.
To cap off the evening, students and families visit a map room and note their home countries with pins bearing flags. The interactive, wall-to-wall map is a permanent and ongoing tribute to the school’s growing student population.
Founded in 1979, New Vistas operates as a private preschool through sixth grade from August through May and a private preschool through high school from June to August. It is located at 670 N. Arizona Ave. #35i in Chandler. 480-963-2313 or newvistasaz.com.