Each year, Stevenson University interns implement a service-learning project in their Professional Development School that benefits their school community. This year, interns Rachel Baier, Lacey Esposito, Drew Krimmel, Katie Madigan, and Lisa Markley partnered with the Parent Involvement Action Team at Perry Hall Elementary School to host the first-ever Multicultural Night.
All seven continents were represented at the event with tri-folds that contained various interesting facts about the continent and culture of the continent, books, artifacts, and a craft or activity for the families in attendance to complete. Families were encouraged to bring in artifacts and food from their home country to contribute to the event. Many families brought flags, clothing, jewelry, and trinkets that represented where they were from. There were also many dishes were contributed by families, ranging from Italian cookie-cake to pierogi. Families were able to taste foods from around the world while enjoying different activities representing many countries. For example, students made rainsticks from Chile using recycled paper towel rolls and rice. Students also made masks to represent the masks that are worn in ceremonies in Africa. Families had the opportunity to learn the Cha Cha from the music teacher. There was a map posted in the hallway where families could highlight where they are from, as well as a hello banner that allowed families to represent how they say hello in their native language.
This event allowed families to highlight their home country as well as teach others about their culture. The interns enjoyed working with the Perry Hall staff and community to plan and implement this event. Everyone who attended left with a new appreciation of the cultures within the Perry Hall community. We traveled around the world without ever leaving Perry Hall Elementary!
Interns Lisa Markley, Rachel Baier, Katie Madigan, and Lacey Esposito.
(Submitted by Katie Madigan)