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Woodside Elementary School celebrates diversity

Students joined a “grand parade” around the cafeteria and gym, waving their home countries’ flags, to the song “It’s a Small World.” Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.
Students joined a “grand parade” around the cafeteria and gym, waving their home countries’ flags, to the song “It’s a Small World.” Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

From an Everett Public Schools News Release.

Schools district wide learn about different cultures at evening family events

Woodside Elementary School celebrated its second annual Multicultural Family Night on Thursday, March 9, 2017, with over 400 students and family members.

The invitation to our school community was for a fun evening of learning, participating, and getting to know each other,” explained Woodside Principal Betty Cobbs. “Families were encouraged to come in cultural dress, which made the event very colorful and full of pride.

Students and their families learned cultural dances from around the world, made flags from their home country, tasted authentic food, learned greetings from different countries, and visited cultural displays designed by families. Other activities included stories, sign language lessons, performances and games.

Gabriela Sykes, a Woodside teacher and the event’s coordinator, observed, “It was a great night filled with music, food, culture, and fun. The best part was seeing the smiling faces of so many Woodside families as they shared their cultural background and learned about the culture of others.”

Most schools in the district host a multicultural family night each year to learn about and celebrate the many cultures in their communities.

Students were able to “travel around the world” filling a passport as the night progressed. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

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