Students who participated in Jordan Creek Elementary’s annual Culture Day on February 14 learned many personal stories of CultureALL’s Ambassadors to help them be open to unfamiliar cultures and inspire them to learn more.
Pre-schoolers through fifth graders experiences workshops with ambassadors from Mexico, Norway, Kenya, Philippines, West Africa, Japan, India, China, Russia, Jordan, Brazil, Scotland, Samoa/Hawaii, Nepal, and representatives of African-American and Aztec cultures.
Ambassadors were welcomed with treats, coffee, and goodie bags by students who then escorted them to their rooms and provided any information they needed. It’s a favorite event of the ambassadors who know they will find attentive students and caring parents and staff. The day that followed was filled with interactive and hands-on activities. First graders learned how a school day in Norway goes. Second graders made origami ninja stars. Fourth graders learned Capoeira moves. Each student participated in four unique sessions where they learned that not everybody thinks or does things the same way. One of the teachers remarked, “We wanted to provide something fun for our students, but this is so much more.”
Cultural Day was sponsored by The Jordan Creek Parent Faculty Club. Parent volunteers were on hand to observe and participate. One parent was particularly impressed by Cultural Ambassador Anthony Stevens’ West African Drumming workshop. “He should be in every classroom.”
Are you interested in booking a Culture Day for your school or community organization? Contact our Program Director Stacey Kimberlin at 515-273-8569, or fill out our contact form.
(Top Photo Above: Students from Jordan Creek Elementary in West Des Moines practicing yoga poses with CultureALL Ambassador Shweta Gyawali of Nepal)