On Friday, April 27th Thames Elementary hosted its Second Annual Culture Day. Students participated in several activities to explore and celebrate diversity in our school and around the world. International students from the English Language Institute and the Office of Community Service Learning participated as guest speakers in our classrooms to share their native cultures. The event also included two variety shows with student-led performances and presentations. Students enjoyed a variety of music genres and dance styles from around the world including Israel, Jamaica, Brazil, and many more!
Throughout the week, students also learned about Diego Rivera’s murals in their Spanish classes. Thanks to a PTA Spring Grant that was awarded to Carrie Sullivan, students were able to closely examine and appreciate Diego Rivera’s artwork. This was made possible through Teacher’s Discovery traveling exhibit.
We appreciate Carrie Sullivan, Spanish teacher and Elvira Deyamport, REACH teacher, for organizing this event along with Emily Nelson, volunteers from the English Language Institute, Whitney Stubbs, and volunteers from Office of Community Service Learning for coming to speak to our classes. We also thank Katherine Dedeaux, Gladys Torres, our student performers, and Elvira Deyamport’s 4th and 6th grade REACH students for hosting our shows. Finally, we want to acknowledge the Thames PTA for funding our Diego Rivera Art Exhibit. This event was a huge hit.