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Passport to the Word: 34 Countries in One Night

Passport to the World 2014:  Friday, April 25, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Every three years, Emerson School celebrates unique cultures and traditions from around the world at our Passport to the World event. This year, 34 countries will be represented—many by students and families with personal ties—through clothing, food, music, and displays. Activities will include a drum circle, Greek, Indian, and Irish dancers, Spanish guitar, and much more.

“Multiculturalism is a defining part of our school’s identity,” said Jerry Loewen, Head of School. “Nearly 40 percent of our students are non-Caucasian, and this event shines a spotlight on the cultures and ethnicities that embody our community.”

Passport to the World was created in 2008 to celebrate the cultural diversity at Emerson School and the greater Ann Arbor community. The Emerson School Parent Organization (ESPO) coordinates with families, faculty, and classes to organize this massive event.

“The way our students embrace and respect each other’s cultures is inspiring,” said Jennifer Ratliff-Moss, Emerson parent and ESPO president. “We could learn a lot by looking at the world through our children’s eyes. This is the biggest event Emerson hosts, and definitely one of the most significant.”


  • In an effort to be good world citizens, we will be using compostable paper plates and glasses. Five gallon containers of water will replace individual bottles, and families are encouraged to bring their own water bottle. Students can have their passport stamped on a special designed page for bringing their own water bottle and being a good citizen.
  • Families are asked to bring a dish (sweet or savory) to share at our international food festival. Many families write a story about the food they bring to be put on display. A special table with food prepared by families of children with allergies will be available.
  • Please consider carpooling to be a good world citizen and maximize the number of parking spaces for families.

Watch the highlight from Emerson’s 2011 Passport to the World Event