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Student creates ‘Passport’

Webb School of Knoxville senior Lizzie Mamantov helped teach local children Latin-American culture during Knoxville’s annual “Hola! Festival” held Saturday, Sept. 27, on Market Square by designing and helping to man a project called “Pass-port.”

The “Hola! Festival” is a celebration of diversity and a cultural salute to the East Tennessee community that showcases Hispanic culture, traditions and heritage.

Lizzie designed “Passport” for a fun and educational activity that allowed children to visit or “travel” to informational booths or “heritage tables” representing different Latin American countries.

According to Patricia Robledo, co-chair of this year’s “Hola! Festival,” the children started at the United States table, manned by Lizzie, where they picked up their first flag sticker on the U.S. page.

“From there,” Robledo said, “the kids were able to ‘travel’ from table to table throughout Krutch Park, visiting, learning and collecting the corresponding flag sticker for their passports.”

Robledo added that the activity attracted numerous people, including many students from local public and private schools.

“The passport was beautifully designed. We are so grateful to Lizzie,” Robledo said.

“I’ve had more people call about the passport to tell me how much they enjoyed it.”

She said the passport project and the Parade of Nations were two of the most successful activities of the festival.

“The passport project will definitely become a festival tradition,” she added.

Members of Webb’s Upper School Spanish Club also were at the festival to lend a hand. Juniors Natalie Cange and Kerry Hennessy helped man the El Salvador heritage table while junior Grant Mitchell assisted Webb Upper School Spanish teacher Alessandra Mitchell at the Brazil table.


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