Passport to Adventure

Due to Covid-19, this year's Passport to Adventure has been cancelled. This really saddens us but our students and families safety and health is of the upmost importance. We will msee you all at Passport to Adventure in June 2021!

Every year, Birney Elementary PTA hosts the annual Passport to Adventure Festival. This program highlights Birney's mission to "Think Globally, Learn Locally," by exploring the cultures and traditions of countries around the world.

Photos from 2017! Photos from 2016! Photos from 2015! Photos from 2014! Photos from 2013!

To see more wonderful pictures of the 2015 Passport to Adventure Festival, see KM Gilley's photoset on Flickr.

All photos this page courtesy of The Leo Loves.

We'd like to thank our 2018 partners:The wonderful DJ Barry Thomas

Guma Imahen TaoTao Tano

Ethiopian Community Organization

San Diego Children's Choir

Oddisi World Dance Center with Eastern Indian Dance

United States Karate Academy

Food Vendors

Bread & Cheese Catering

Bullseye Kettle Corn

Ethiopian Community Organization

Face Painting

Bellus Academy Students

One parent described Passport this way in 2016: "In the middle of the day at Passport, I looked around from my booth and I could see the Ethiopian dancers on stage, the Japanese drummers in the back, and the Indian dancers waiting for their turn in their gorgeous outfits. I could see Ms. Pirouzan animatedly inviting kids to the Germany booth, and I could smell the delicious Argentinian barbecue and see the colorful Vietnamese lanterns bobbing in the wind.

This is why we chose Birney, a refreshing antidote to the nonstop anti-immigrant, us vs. them rhetoric. Leading up to Passport, we were worrying about volunteer support and I saw the other side of it: more than a few volunteers insisted on working extra shifts because the kids were having fun and they wanted to let it continue. Our community rallied, took action, and we got to celebrate diversity in the most fun way.

Munching on my second helping of Ms. Mindy's delicious kale salad [from the Birney garden], I got a little lump in my throat when a 3rd grader at my 'Me on the Map' booth observed, "Isn't it nice how we start with different houses, even cities or countries, but we're all part of the same planet?"

Thank you all for dedicating your time and art to our school and community!