Springhill elementary schools celebrate culture

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SPRINGHILL – Bonjour. Guten-tag. Aloha.

Students at Junction Road Elementary and West End Memorial will be greeted into a world of culture and heritage when school returns after Easter, with a culture and heritage fair scheduled to broaden their sense of diversity, and they’re looking to share the experience with everyone.  

The Culture and Heritage fair was inspired by a survey we sent home two years ago for our continuous school improvement goals, says elementary teacher Steph Bowes. It wasn't a low score but they saw room for growth with how they teach and represent Culture within the elementary schools.

“We thought a culture and heritage fair would be a fun way to increase our cultural understanding and get the community involved,” Bowes says.

Countries and cultures were chosen first by those represented within the schools.

“We wanted to celebrate and encourage an appreciation for diversity while learning about the different customs and cultures of our students.”

For classes where there were no countries or cultures represented, classes voted on ones they found interesting and wanted to learn about.

The culture and heritage fair will be open to parents and community members at both the Junction Road Elementary and West End Memorial schools Thursday, April 24, from 1-2:30 p.m.

Highlight, so far, have been seeing how excited the students are for this event, Bowes says.

“Everyday there has been students working in groups all over the school creating their projects. It's been great seeing everyone working together and having fun.”

Geographic location: West End

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