Teacher Fon Chaengsawang smiles as she watches Belle Onthaworn introduces herself and explains her country’s flag, which is held by Aon Maichoom and Noey Pangyoung to her left. They then give it to a  Green Lake staff member to display in the school.
Teacher Fon Chaengsawang smiles as she watches Belle Onthaworn introduces herself and explains her country’s flag, which is held by Aon Maichoom and Noey Pangyoung to her left. They then give it to a Green Lake staff member to display in the school.

   Grins were no stranger to Green Lake School last week Monday morning when the visiting Thai middle school students hosted a presentation on their country and its culture.

   The girls explained the colors on their flag, then gave a small facsimile to the school to display.

   They also had the gym full of students and faculty practice saying the Thai alphabet and noted Thailand is nicknamed “The Land of Smiles” because Thai people tend to grin a lot.

   During the presentation, the Thai students performed several dances in brightly colored traditional garb. They then ushered everyone from the bleachers onto the gym floor into a large circle to learn and practice a Thai dance. As Green Lake students and staff walked around the gym, the Thai girls would weave through the throng, instructing people on the proper hand and arm movements.

   Following the large group dance, students crowded around the three booths the Thai students set up for famous places and landmarks, learning the Thai alphabet and the various food common in Thailand.

   Within minutes, the Thai snacks that were provided disappeared and students were lined up to have their names written in Thai characters.

   See more photos in the May 16, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.