Students Embrace Different Cultures

Students Embrace Different Cultures

In an effort to educate students about the diverse backgrounds of their classroom community, Nicholas Coppola’s first-grade class at Washington Drive Primary School recently participated in multicultural celebrations as part of their winter holiday unit.

Family members were invited into the classroom to speak to students about their own culture. Mrs. Hashmi educated the students on the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, also known as Eid. She shared that her celebrations include gatherings to view the new moon, decorating homes inside and out, family visits, eating special sweet foods, neighborhood fairs, visits to amusement parks, wearing new clothes and giving and receiving gifts. Four students in the class celebrate the holiday and were able to share their own family traditions as well.  

In addition to Eid al-Fitr, the class also learned about Christmas, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Las Posadas. Two family members, Mr. Noah and Mrs. Cassidy, visited the classroom to share their traditions and a brief background about the Hanukkah holiday. The students ate latkes and looked at different menorahs. They also learned how to play dreidel.

“It was a fun-filled learning experience for all,” said Coppola.

Much like Coppola’s class, all of Washington Drive Primary School’s first-grade classes celebrated cultures and holidays from around the world. Students worked on a special project where they created a window with pictures of their own holidays and traditions. The projects were displayed in the first-grade hallway.