New Multi-Cultural Celebrations Debut at Wyandot, Liberty Early Childhood Schools
of Lakota’s early childhood schools – Liberty and Wyandot – debuted
their first-ever family multicultural celebrations last month. Between
both schools, hundreds of families participated in the festivities.
have so many different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds that we
thought it would be interesting and enlightening for our students and
their families to experience all the different cultures that make up
our school,” said Liberty ESL teacher Michelle Dembicky, who helped
lead the event.
Across Lakota, this is a growing tradition,
especially considering the variety of cultural roots that Lakota
families represent. After all, Lakota students represent more than 40
different native languages. About 26 percent of students district-wide
identify with a multicultural background.
At Liberty and
Wyandot, each school tried to capture its unique cultural mix, asking
their families to share with the school community information and
artifacts from their native country. Visitors to both events were
given a passport to travel around the world. Collectively, both
schools featured nearly 30 different countries.
comes to cultural understanding, there’s a huge wealth of information
our own families have to share,” said Wyandot Principal Mary Brophy.
“We’re always looking for different ways to get parents into the
school and involved in the learning process. In this case, parents
filled the role of both teachers and students, some doing the sharing
and others doing more of the listening and learning.”
the years, Creekside and Shawnee have established similar traditions
for celebrating the diversity of their families. Shawnee hosts an
evening in December called “Holidays around the World.” Creekside
hosted its second annual “Travel Our World” event just this week.