Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Holidays Around the World this Saturday

Fundraiser celebrates cultures, supports Susan Gray School

The public is invited to join over 200 children as they celebrate diverse cultures at the Susan Gray School's Second Annual Holidays Around the World event Nov. 11 from 5 to 9 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go toward the construction of a new, fully accessible preschool playground at the school.

"This is a fun event that celebrates the diversity of global cultures as well as the diversity of the children and families at the Susan Gray School," said Ruth Wolery, Susan Gray School director.

The event will begin at 5 pm at the Susan Gray School, where nine of the classrooms will be decorated to represent countries including Thailand, Ivory Coast, Italy, Scotland, Morocco, China, America, Mexico and Costa Rica. Families and children will visit each "country," which will include arts, crafts, games and music to teach the visitors about the holidays the countries celebrate. The event will move to the Cohen Fine Arts Building on the Peabody campus from 6:30 to 9 p.m. In addition to silent and live auctions and refreshments, there will be gingerbread houses for the children to decorate, a visit from Santa Claus and the annual SGS Angel Tree.

The Susan Gray School, located at the corner of 21st Avenue South and Edgehill Avenue, offers an early education program for children from birth to 5 years. The school serves typically developing children and children with various disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, failure to thrive, pre-maturity, Down syndrome and speech language delays. It is affiliated with Vanderbilt's Peabody College of Education and Human Development.The school also serves an economically and culturally diverse population including families from Afghanistan, Argentina, China, Ethiopia, France, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Thailand, Turkey and Uruguay.

Tickets for the event are $75 for families, $30 for singles and $15 for Vanderbilt students. Cost includes food, drinks and family entertainment.

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets in advance, contact the Susan Gray School at 322-8200 or e-mail michelle.wyatt@vanderbilt.edu. More information is also available on the school's Web site, here.

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