Riverside’s Multicultural Leadership club organized Riverside’s Annual Night Market on Thursday November 17, 2016 in the school cafeteria at Riverside Secondary School from 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
The Night Market had various kinds of activities; food booths with items such as cookies, sushi, ice cream sundaes, curry rice, fried rice and guacamole. There were also performances, games and raffles and door prizes for attendees. “I was the floor manager during the Night Market,” said Ms. Catherine Yamamoto, the Multicultural Leadership teacher sponsor for the event. “I make sure the food booths have enough plates and forks, along with making sure the games run smoothly.” Yamamoto also noted that one of her favorite parts of the Night Market are the people who clear up some time to visit and enjoy efforts of the students who work hard to make the event a success. Also, she likes it when former students visit because it’s nice to see the former high school graduates and where they are in their lives.
Kanta Masuda, a grade 12 Multicultural Leadership student working at the Night Market said that his jobs were making the sushi, setting up the event and cleaning up the event after. “I liked that we can enjoy so many other cultures,” Masuda said. “I also like all different cultures because there are unique and good.” Being Japanese, Masuda likes to showcase his culture. “My most favorite part about the Night Market is the food,” Luong said. “Especially the sushi and ice-cream.”
For some of the entertainment , grade 10 Jeffery Luong played “Stand By Me” (by Ben E King and “I Rather Go Blind” (by Etta James) with grade 11 student Hannah Yang and grade 12 student, Gabriel Jeong on piano and the stand-up bass. The first Night Market was held on December Friday 12, 2008 and since then it has become a wonderful tradition that showcases the diversity of Riverside.
photo credits: Nyssa Estrella/Timothy Tang