‘International Day’ a Chance to Travel the Globe Without Leaving Pitt County

PCC English Language Acquisition students who participate in "International Day" create poster displays detailing their homelands and bring foods common to their home countries for visitors to sample.

WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College English Language Acquisition (ELA) program is inviting the community to campus April 25 to celebrate the many cultures of its student participants during “International Day.”

The annual event will feature ELA students from more than 22 countries sharing details about their homelands and customs with attendees. The program is free and will take place in the Craig F. Goess Student Center’s Davenport Multipurpose Room from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

PCC ELA Coordinator Sharon Edwards says “International Day” is a chance to “educate the public about various cultures and celebrate our students.” She says it’s also an excellent opportunity for ELA students to practice the English-speaking skills they’ve developed through their program.

“I hope that students will come away from ‘International Day’ with a sense of belonging here at PCC and in our community, that their confidence in speaking English will increase, and that they will be inspired to continue studying and moving toward their goals,” Edwards said.

In addition to displays of artwork and photos, “International Day” will feature many ELA students wearing the traditional attire of their homelands. There will also be musical and dance performances, along with a wide variety of international foods for visitors to sample.

“Our students are giving a tremendous effort designing their displays and preparing for ‘International Day,’” Edwards said. “It’s a chance for anyone interested in learning about other cultures to experience world travel without leaving eastern North Carolina.”

Countries that will be represented at this year’s “International Day” program include Italy, South Korea, Cuba, Morocco, Ivory Coast and Brazil.

For more information, contact Edwards at (252) 493-7213.