ESM’s first Festival of Nations was held March 3, 2010 with assistance from a $1,000 ESMEF grant. The event exceeded expectations as attendees visited booths representing 18 countries and regions and enjoyed cultural food, crafts and authentic entertainment. The goal of the festival was to celebrate the diversity of the ESM District while promoting tolerance, awareness and understanding of other cultures and languages. It was held during National Foreign Language Week. Exhibits representing the nations/regions surrounded an area for live entertainment in the center of the gymnasium at the high school. Parents, students and staff contributed to the development of each exhibit. Doug Morhorter, associate principal, and Darlene Baker, DECA advisor, were the grant project leaders.