The British American School of Charlotte is opening its annual WorldFest celebration to the community.
On March 25, the Community Parent Group will host an afternoon of games, entertainment, shopping and food representing many countries.
While the carnival is intended to bring the school and community together for a day of fun, one of the core missions of the British American School of Charlotte is to "promote responsible, respectful global citizens."
The larger purpose of WorldFest is to raise money for two charities, one with a global mission and one benefitting Charlotte.
This year's international charity is Children in Crisis, a United Kingdom-based organization which provides education to children in poor countries. According to its website, the organization focuses on countries devastated by war because education provides stability and daily routine for children.
The Charlotte-based organization benefitting from WorldFest is Right Moves for Youth, which targets fourth- through 12th-graders by providing "school-based programming designed to promote positive youth development by enhancing participants' academic accomplishments, leadership ability, life skills awareness, self-esteem and civic responsibility," according to its website.
Right Moves for Youth collaborates with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and other community partners to help students improve attendance, behavior and academic performance.
The British American School of Charlotte offers a British-style education with an international perspective, currently for students from pre-kindergarten through ninth grade. A student committee at British American School of Charlotte selected the charities.
British American School student Annika Pangarkar, 8, said raising money for the two charities is important because "some people in the world don't have schools and clothes and money."
Kilian Racek, 10, said, "It's important to raise money because at our school, everything is nice and friendly, and we want to help others. We're giving money to charity so that people can buy what they need."
Once the charities were selected, students turned to WorldFest game planning.
Fifth-graders designed a penalty-shootout soccer contest, with Kilian one of the goalies.
After his booth shift is done, Killian and Annika agree they both will try the arts and crafts and sample foods from different international vendors.
Families can also enjoy inflatable bounce houses, a bull-riding attraction, a silent auction and shopping. There also will be a stage for locally-based international performance groups will give demonstrations, including dance and karate.
Ki Keirnan, who moved to Charlotte from England a few years ago, is president of the British American School of Charlotte Community Parent Group (PTA), which is organizing the event.
Keirnan's 10-year-old son, Matz, said, "It is so cool to be showing everyone how great our school is and giving money to charity at the same time.
"The best bit is singing on the stage."