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This was the conversation that started Many Cultures, One World at Orca almost 10 years ago. It started with a desire for each student to be seen for who they truly were. We, as a staff, recognized the value of really looking at each other and identifying the differences that make us special and add to the lovely diversity we value here at Orca K-8.
But what does that mean to the students and families? It means that as a community we plan this large and very intensive study that allows us to learn and appreciate different cultures that live here at Orca. That process looks something like this:
Students share a little about who they are culturally, that can include race, ethnicity, nationality etc. As a class, students can decide which culture they would like to study more and focus on for Many Cultures, One World. Parents are invited to share about this culture and bring in community resources to add to the experience. After a few months of really immersing in the literature, geography, music, food, art etc. of this culture, students transform the classroom into this Country/Culture. Parents are invited to bring representative food items for the event.
Many Cultures, One World is a culmination of months of hard work and study. Traditionally an evening event, families are invited to see the cultures represented at Orca K-8. This is the time to share what has been learned, showcase projects, food, art, performances, clothing etc. The best part is that students and parents get to see themselves reflected in the classroom.
The bigger picture: If we are able to truly SEE who each of your students are, and allow our families to play the role of the educators in this area, then we are truly appreciating the differences that make our school special and valuable. Diversity is not about how it looks, but about how it feels.