Students from 40 countries who attend the International Community School in Decatur celebrated United Nations Day on Nov. 1.
A parade of nations, with students dressed in native costumes, launched the activities. Other student activities included songs, dances and poetry recitations.
Approximately half of the school's 400 K-5 students are refugees or immigrants, representing 25 languages. The other students are native-born Americans from surrounding neighborhoods.
"Today's world is filled with so much turmoil and prejudice," said Tahisha Edwards, associate principal.
"But this school is a unique example of how children from different countries and cultures learn and play together in harmony while celebrating their differences. The U.N. Day celebration underscores this mission."
The curriculum is based on the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. Maintaining art, music, drama, physical education and recess in the curriculum is one of the things that sets ICS apart from many other public schools. ICS features a low teacher-student ratio of 1 to 10.
Founded in 2002, ICS is a charter school of DeKalb County. It is located at 2418 Wood Trail Lane in Decatur.