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Exploring Culture in the Classroom and Our Community

By Noelle Becker and Moujan Walkow

This school year, some of our students took the stage to showcase their cultural beliefs and celebrations through student-led presentations. In lower school, students have presented on the Lantern Festival, Diwali, Holi, Lunar New Year, Eid, Easter, Nowruz, Ramadan, and Passover. These presentations not only share the students’ knowledge but allow them to take ownership of their heritage, culture, and traditions and share them with their peers. Similarly, in middle school, 7th and 8th graders have presented important cultural events to middle schoolers and faculty during Morning Meetings. In addition to the celebrations listed above, these presentations have included Indigenous People’s Day, Winter Solstice, Black History Month, Holocaust Remembrance Day, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Women’s History Month, Autism Awareness Month, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Through these presentations, students not only teach others about the significance of these events but also hone their research and public speaking skills. By celebrating these cultural events, students help contribute to a more inclusive and empathetic school community.

In addition to these student-led presentations, our school's DEI Committee organizes Parent Book Discussions twice a year, focusing on various topics. Past topics have included immigration, neurodiversity, identity, and culture. The latest book discussion was about body image for both men and women. These gatherings spark meaningful discussions, bringing our community together to explore different perspectives and experiences. They give our community a chance to learn about the similarities, differences, and points of view that exist. Coming together in this way also serves as an opportunity to get to know one another on a deeper level. 

As we continue student-led initiatives and community engagement, we aim to continue fulfilling our DEI mission statement, which states the following: Harbor Day School promotes a culture of understanding where we value the unique qualities of our community constituents. Instilling a sense of ownership as we strive to increase awareness and influence actions, we take a stand against prejudice, and we celebrate inclusivity. Within the Harbor Day curriculum, we aim to recognize, appreciate, and share each person’s experiences, thereby enhancing the lens through which we all view the world. 

Together, we celebrate our diverse community and create a more inclusive school environment.

Harbor Day School

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Harbor Day School is a co-educational private independent K-8 school established in 1952.