Tatamagouche celebrates cultural diversity

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Students march from North Colchester High School to the creamery for Tatamagouche's first annual Let Me Be Me diversity celebration Thursday PHOTO BY RANDI BEERS – SPECIAL TO THE TRURO DAILY NEWS

BY RANDI BEERS

SPECIAL TO THE TRURO DAILY NEWS

 

TATAMAGOUCHE – Eight-year-old Megan Morris-Clark has something to say to people in her hometown.

“My message is it doesn’t matter if you are different, you always have your place in the world,” the third grader said of the drawing she made for Tatamagouche’s first Let Me Be Me Celebration of Diversity Thursday afternoon.

Elementary school principal Brian Holmes organized the rally with teachers at the school, which included the presentation of the play “Lig and Bittle” in the morning, a rally from North Colchester High School across town to the creamery, and an hour-long talent show centred around the theme of diversity.

“The idea is to spread the message that everyone is different and unique and we shouldn’t be mean to each other just because we come in different shapes and sizes,” said Holmes.

Almost 400 students from the elementary and high school participated in the event along with school faculty and members of the community. Colourful banners and signs were on display, outlining what diversity means to them.

Vincent Corlett-Reeves, 17, says his sign, which he made with his friends, was inspired by Bob Marley.

“Our teachers were playing Bob Marley in class and we started getting great ideas,” he said.

The performance part of the event started with an elementary school singing O Canada in English, French and sign language, followed by elementary school students performing an African welcome song.

Seven-year old Genelyn Hunt sang a solo performance of Cyndi Lauper’s True Colours, while students waved rainbow-coloured ribbons and did cartwheels in the background. Grade 3 teacher Leslie Mullings recited a poem he wrote with the help of his class. Mullings donned an afro hairstyle and asked the crowd: “What if you went to draw a rainbow, and looked in your pencil case, and the only colour you saw was purple?”

“What? We need variety!” his class chanted from the stage, arms crossed.

Grade 11 student Emma Bush also entertained the crowd with a cover of John Mayer’s Waiting for the World to Change. She says she was inspired to perform the song because of the message in its lyrics.

“I read into it. We live in a world where we crave change and we often think of waiting as a passive word,” said the 16-year-old. “But we can be active in our waiting, like in the events today.”

The afternoon ended with a pledge to celebrate diversity and a short speech by Holmes, where he congratulated the crowd for their enthusiasm and presented a diversity mural created by elementary students and faculty.

Holmes says he hopes to make the rally an annual event.

 

 

Organizations: DAILY NEWS, North Colchester High School

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