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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Just World Festival showcases student projects that make a difference

During the 2017 Just World Festival, students made an art project as part of the Youth Uplift Challenge to raise funds for Save the Children in support of youth empowerment programs in Nicaragua and Indonesia. 
Annandale High School students invite the public to participate in the 11th annual Just World Festival at the school on Friday, March 16, 4-7 p.m.

The festival is organized by the AHS Just World Interact Club and is sponsored by Rotary International. The purpose is to teach youths that they are not only a part of their local community, but a global one. This year’s theme is Unity in Diversity. The keynote speaker is school board member Ryan McElveen (at large).

There are three ways to participate:

(1) Come to the Just World Festival and check out the exhibits and workshops presented by students and nonprofit organizations (on global issues, environmental issues, fair trade, human rights, and, most important, social action), enjoy the cultural entertainment, and try international food from the Annandale Bistro and Ocha Tea.

(2) Register to host a booth in the exhibition hall, lead a 40-minute workshop, or sell items in the fair trade marketplace.

(3) Donate to the festival raffle or general fund as a host of the event. For more information, contact

The fair trade market will have items for sale from Ten Thousand Villages, Fair Trade Winds, Hidden Treasure Jewelry, and Filligrana Artisans. 

Annandale High School is one of the largest and most diverse schools in Fairfax County, with students representing 150 nations and speaking 90 different languages.

The Just World Festival capitalizes on these strengths, creating a fun and educational
environment in which to explore international mindedness and make a positive difference in the community.

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