WHITTIER – International Day, an annual celebration of culture at Whittier Christian Preschool’s Uptown campus, received an international boost this year from a group of visiting Chinese students.The group of nine elementary school students from Tien Jin, China, took the stage in the school’s auditorium and sang their national anthem in Chinese.The visiting students “are learning what it’s like to go to school in the United States, and they’re having a good time here, because at home they’re in school from about 8 a.m. to 6 p.m,” school administrator Suzie Mohler said.The goal of International Day, is to “show the children that the world is bigger than Whittier, that God has created a great big world out there,” she added.Each classroom chose a country and spent about a month researching it. Then they performed a song, dance or read poetry from that country. The event was topped off with an international feast of potluck dishes provided by parents, and included pizza, Swedish meatballs, beans and hot dogs. After the performance by the Chinese students, costumed preschoolers and kindergartners performed, representing such countries as Italy, Mexico, China, Germany, Sweden, Russia and Africa.Oscar Ramirez, one of dozens of parents armed with camcorders and digital cameras to record the events, said International Day left an impression on his son, Justin, who is in kindergarten.“It opened his eyes and minds to the rest of the world, and I think that’s good,” said Ramirez, 29. [email protected](562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!