There are many ways one can say hello around the world.
That's what students at Heritage Montessori School in Huntington Beach told their parents and teachers Friday during a presentation that revealed their families' roots.
They entered the room in traditional clothes from their countries and said hello in Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Japanese and Arabic. Then they gave pieces of information to the guests about each country, like how to say, "welcome" and "we're all one," and then they sang a song.
Every year, Rehana Eaton, who teaches the second, third and fourth grades at Heritage does something different with her students. The point of each year's project is to teach the students something about the world beyond their communities.
The students were asked to go on a journey to learn about their ancestors, ask Grandma or Grandpa, find pictures and learn their families' stories.