From Africa to India, students and their families explored the various cultures found at Steck Elementary School, to help promote social connections at a young age.
“It makes families feel welcome and proud, to celebrate their culture and the diversity of who they are. It promotes cultural awareness, and the kids get a chance to learn about other people’s cultures while sharing their own as well,” said Katherine Ammons, a kindergarten teacher at Steck Elementary.
The event included several performances from students, alumni and parents, as well as an international tasting, featuring foods from around the world.
“It’s just exciting to come and show everybody how we live, our culture, the way we dress, our food, to share everything is just an amazing experience. We want everybody to know that as much as we are Americans we have the other side of our culture as well,” said Shilpa Nagasamudra, a parent in District 204.
Activities included Bollywood dance lessons, henna tattoos, crafts and even language lessons.
The chance for kids to explore cultures outside of the United States helps them develop a multicultural perception about the world around them.
“In kindergarten we talk about different kinds of families, and how every family is made up of different people. It’s okay to have different shades of skin, and different type of family dynamics, and that you should love people for who they are on the inside and not judge people for what they are on the outside,” added Ammons.
Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.
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