Over 65 students at Drumheller Valley Secondary School do not list Canada as their country of birth; those students got together with their Canadian born counterparts on Friday to celebrate International Day.
"Whenever you give kids an opportunity to showcase and an opportunity to celebrate, they always step up," crowed principal Curtis Lapierre after the 90 minute assembly, which featured guest speakers, a fashion show and entertainment by many of the international students.
"It's very much like our talent show, but in this case, we're showcasing international talent and they just thrive on that and cheer for it," noted Lapierre. "It's been an absolute pleasure over these 14 years to meet these hundreds and hundreds of kids from around the world."
The guest speakers were Tracy Kakuk of the Drumheller Rotary Club, who explained their many student exchange programs, and 2015 DVSS grad Raine McDougald, who talked about the Duke of Edinburgh Program, through which she got to meet Prince Edward.
"We're numbering right now about 66 international students and that's really up only about eight or ten from last year," Lapierre outlined. "It's an absolute pleasure to have so many wonderful personalities walk through these doors; they share their personalities with our local kids and it's an enrichment for everyone."
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