North Shore vice principal joins in the international fun

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Ramona Elementary School in Wilmette showcases the food, music and culture of countries around the world at its annual International Festival.

Representing Italy at this year’s festival was assistant principal Elena Ryan, daughter of local Joseph and Martha Monastero of Monastero’s Ristorante & Banquets fame.

Ryan wore a traditional Italian folk costume, provided by the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, and sang “Santa Lucia.”

“With all of the conflict and challenges occurring around the world, it is important that we teach children to celebrate the differences of others,” Ryan says. “There was a wonderful connection among students and faculty as we walked the halls in costumes representing our heritage. I was especially excited to share a moment with our new transfer student from Sicily as we enjoyed the event together.”


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