Alden Road Exceptional Student Center recently celebrated its fourth annual Multicultural Holiday Event. Each class chose seasonal holidays celebrated by different cultures throughout the world and shared customs, food, ethnic costumes and music.
"Our Multicultural Holiday Event gives our students an opportunity to expand their horizons by studying other cultures’ holidays and traditions," said Principal Linda Leonard. "We have students and staff from other countries represented at our school, and this event is an additional way for students to be aware of and respect everyone’s culture."
Principal Leonard also said the holiday program gives the students the opportunity to "learn by experiencing." Students prepared for the event by researching their chosen country, and every student had the opportunity to visit all the booths, which were set up in the multi-purpose room.
This year in teacher Meredith Reno’s class, she has two students from Albania, so they decided as a class to learn about Albania and present the country to their school. Students explained facts about the country, told visitors “Gezur Krislinjden” (Merry Christmas) in the native language and served baklava as a treat.
"Our students and staff enjoy this event so much and look forward to it each year. It's a great time for all of us to learn more about the global community we share," said Reno.
Other countries represented included China, Israel, Denmark, Mexico, El Salvador, Japan, Panama, Australia, Canada and Jordan.
For more pictures from the Multicultural Holiday Event at Alden Road Exceptional Student Center, visit the
DCPS' flickr Photostream.
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