Addison Trail hosts International Fest Week

On Nov. 7, 9, 10 and 11, Addison Trail hosted its annual International Fest Week, during which 12 presenters spoke with students about their travels and experiences from throughout the world.

Through the presentations, students were able to learn about a variety of countries, cultures, topics and perspectives. Addison Trail partnered with Junior Achievement of Chicago to help coordinate and organize the speakers. Prerecorded videos and a virtual world language fair also were available.

During the event, Addison Trail’s International Club also hosted “games from around the world” and a spirit week, with each day featuring a different travel theme. The group offered a Dec-A-Door contest as well, where resource classes chose a country and decorated their door to represent that location and culture. The goal was to show that Addison Trail encompasses many nationalities, but is one Blazer Nation. The decorations were judged, and the winner was special education teacher Jessica Sokolowski’s class, which showcased France. See the video at right to view Sokolowski's classroom.

International Fest Week culminated with the school’s annual International Dance Show, which featured dances that represented various countries/cultures.

For more information about International Fest Week, contact Addison Trail International Club advisers Christina Trapani (, Karen Pierropoulos ( and Hannah Sutton (