Oak Hill Elementary celebrated its culturally rich student body at an event November 14, featuring everything from bag pipes to rice balls. The school’s “Our World, Our School” event reflected the more than 20 languages–from Russian to Hindi–spoken as primary languages in the homes of the students.
“This event helps us understand and appreciate all that we have in common and to respect our differences,” said Dr. Cathryn Mitchell, principal. “Kids are proud to show off the cultures of their families and share information with each other about who we are. It builds friendships throughout the community.”
Sixteen countries were represented at interactive booths designed by students and their families. The event also included professional performances by a bag piper and drummers, the school’s Ballet Folklorico group and songs and dances from various countries. Participants enjoyed a wide variety of foods, from rice balls to pizza to Mexican fare.
“Students and their families have the chance to celebrate with an international potluck and performances,” said Sally Coleman, PTA volunteer and event coordinator. “The culturally rich student body at Oak Hill Elementary is unique and gives us many reasons to celebrate and learn.”