Having a diverse school community means that our students have myriad opportunities to connect with and learn from students who come from backgrounds different from their own. Today was a perfect example of how diverse perspectives bring about new knowledge and closer connections. Because today, on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year, a group of Mid-Pen students from China taught us all about the traditions their families have observed for generations.
Earlier this week, students got together with ESL teacher, Cory, to organize their efforts for the celebration, which included vibrantly decorating the school with the colors and characters associated with the Chinese New Year. They also collaborated with Activities Coordinator, Julia, to plan a school meal consisting of traditional Chinese food—well, as traditional as we could get in our area.