MELROSE — Thursday, May 28th marks the beginning of a new tradition at Roosevelt Elementary School when a dedicated team of parents, teachers and students host their first annual World Cultures Fair.

“The inspiration really began when I participated in the Melrose High School’s GEM celebration a year ago. The young woman’s journey through the GEM pathway was amazing to witness,” said Roosevelt PTO Co-President Liz DeSelm, also a Roosevelt GEM Co-Leader. “At the time I thought it would be really neat if we could bring something GEM-related to the Roosevelt.”

Over 80 students will present ‘experiences’ from more than 30 different countries and regions in the Roosevelt gymnasium from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM that night. The students have been researching at home and at the Melrose Public Library with help from parents and volunteer MHS students. “We are really excited to bring GEM to the Roosevelt and open the students’ eyes to the world around them,” added Brooke Sulahian, a parent and Roosevelt GEM Co-Leader. “It has been such fun to see the kids get so excited to learn about other countries.”

The event is open and free to the public. Attendees are welcome to come dressed in the manner of their heritage if they choose. For more information, contact Lizbeth DeSelm ( ) or Brooke Sulahian at (