Celebrating Diversity

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It hit me sometime during the performance from Ecuador.  I looked across the school’s cafeteria and saw all the joyous faces, smiling and dancing.  We were all one.  A feeling of immense pride came over me.  Pride in how our wonderfully diverse school community came together on this evening, the night of our Multicultural Festival.
The brainchild of one of our amazing parents, our 1st Annual Multicultural Festival was a combination of culture, education, music, food, friendship, and celebration.  About 25 countries representing the make-up of Gator Run Elementary put on display booths in which attendants could learn a little bit about each country’s heritage, play a game, do an art activity, or eat some food.  Each student who attended received a luggage bag (a decorated brown paper bag) for collecting souvenirs and a passport that they could get stamped at each country.  There was an awesome representation of our over 1300 students and their families, which caused our building to be a little cramped and slightly warm, but that was a small price to pay for the rewards that were gained that night.
I believe that for the first time ever, every member of our school community felt welcomed and valued for their heritage and culture.  It was an evening of respect for each other; a night to celebrate our differences and that which we all share in common.  It is amazing to be at a school where parent volunteers coordinated the presentations, decorated the school and then worked tirelessly that night to ensure that everyone had an amazing time.  Our school staff who attended and volunteered really rocked the house by donating their time to work the door, serve food, and help to clean the school at the conclusion.  Being a Principal is the best ‘job’ ever but getting to do this ‘job’ at a school like Gator Run Elementary is unbelievable and inspiring.  A night like this makes me want to do more for our kids and community.  Thank you to everyone who participated in making this a most special night.  You have transformed our school forever moving forward; for on this night, all cultures truly became one as the Gator Run family.

              

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10 thoughts on “Celebrating Diversity

  1. It was a very nice night!! That showed once more that it does not matter where you come from, what you have, we still are all humans and should be evenly respected.

  2. Reblogged this on karollsophia and commented:
    It was an amazing experience to be part of that nigth for my kids and myself. Today, 3 days after the event, my kids were talking about the countries they visited like if they physically traveled to them. Thank you for being open about these type of events where we all felt part of a community so diverse and so rich. We will be looking forward to next year’s festival.

  3. It was an amazing experience to be part of that nigth for my kids and myself. Today, 3 days after the event, my kids were talking about the countries they visited like if they physically traveled to them. Thank you for being open about these type of events where we all felt part of a community so diverse and so rich. We will be looking forward to next year’s festival

  4. A truly wonderful evening that sent the message to children and adults alike that it doesn’t matter where we come from and that we are different. What matters most is that we are good hearted, kind individuals. That is what makes us come together as one.

  5. Great event! A living proof that we can create great things when working together as teams!! Hope to see it again next year 🙂

  6. It was an amazing night and it showed that it doesn’t matter where you come from or what your culture is, we’re all one! We’re all different but the same. Love, respect and friendship is what’s really all about.

  7. I truly enjoyed last Friday night First Annual Multicultural Festival. I’ve been part of Gator Run for 8 years now, and my oldest son is going to be an 8th grader next year. I can’t believe he was in kinder, at Gator Run, 8 years ago. Now, I have a fifth grader, Sophia, with Mrs. Nossen, and a first grader, Alanis, with Mrs. Webster. I can genuinely tell you that this has been so far THE BEST school community activity at Gator Run Elementary and I’m so happy my kids were there to enjoy and be part of it. The display of cultures and talents was spectacular!

  8. By far the best event!!!!!!. Loved the opportunity to meet other parents and work together to make an awesome stand. The kids enjoyed
    the event very much I hope it can be repeated for more years to come.

  9. It was so much fun! Your Ecuador moment reminds me of my “prop” moment… At the end of the chorus performance, I help up half a globe and started spinning it. We’re the people of the globe, you know? Like, you wouldn’t divide two people from the exact same place by subtle differences, right? So why divide two thousand people from different places? As the catchiest song of all time proclaims, ‘We’re all in this together.” Let’s be in it together, people! From, your fellow person.

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