Multicultural night incorporates multiple events at Westside Elementary

Multicultural night incorporates multiple events at Westside Elementary
Posted on 12/04/2015

Westside Elementary School students and their parents enjoyed a variety of special events on Tuesday, Dec. 1, when the school hosted a multicultural night that included classroom activities, a book fair, and a musical program in the school’s gym.Musical

Music teacher Mrs. Beverly Babb, led a music program through the night that included a time for each grade (K,1,and 2) to sing and beat (rhythm sticks) to the songs from different countries, including: Israel, China, Germany, West Africa, Russia, Brazil, and France.

Throughout the night all homeroom teachers from each grade led activities for the guests. Kindergarten teachers led activities such as a piñata fun and artifact displays, which represented Central America, while first grade teachers displayed and taught activities such as a paper drum, necklace, and mask making, which represented Africa.

Second grade teachers led activities such as a necklace making (Italy), paper flag making and cookies (Great Britain and Ireland), and water color painting (France) which represented Europe. These teachers also had posters that displayed facts and pictures and a computer that showed music and dance.

Elementary Counselor Joe Gordon said the evening event, which drew more than 270 people, representing more than 90 families, was a success.

“Kids were smiling, drawing, coloring, getting their favorite books, and singing,” he said. “They got to take home all kinds of crafts. CraftsParents were enjoying the show and getting involved with the crafts, and even the teachers said they had a blast.”

 Gordon said the decision to hold the event was an easy one to make.

“We have been looking for a night to have a Multicultural event,” he said. "We decided to have it on the same day as the book fair night since so many people already come. At Westside we realize the importance of celebrating diversity. We should not only celebrate it but also educate students on how to appreciate other cultures. The month of November has been our cultural diversity, so we decided to finish the month of by having a family focused event to celebrate diversity on Dec. 1.

"This is the first time Westside has had a multicultural night in a long time, and we hoped that by having this event families will want to come back next year. After seeing the response, we are sure they will, and are hopeful that there will be even more to attend, as the word gets out."
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