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Providence Celebrates Cultural Diversity

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During the week of June 7, Providence celebrated cultural diversity by having its annual Heritage Days. The whole school gathered in the gym to have a Parade of Countries Assembly. Everybody made their own flags to represent their own family heritage and sang songs from all over the world.

On June 8, they had a Cultural Arts Assembly provided by the PTA. The Luis Garay Percussion Band from Washington, D.C. performed many different songs and sounds using different types of percussion instruments. There were also guest readers who visited classrooms and read stories from other cultures.

On June 9, they had an evening of heritage celebration. Providence had an International Museum in the Black Box Theater. Families brought items to display from different countries. The students from Providence were able to go through the museum and experience a little bit of cultural diversity in real life. There was an international fashion show and tasting feast to honor the many cultures represented at Providence. Students and their families were able to model their country's costume and taste samples of their native foods. A choral concert ended this evening of celebration with songs from all around the world.

This was a meaningful and eventful week at Providence. It was a great way to better understand where other people come from and the kinds of things they value.