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Celebrate Diversity With an International Festival!

By Beth Newingham on March 22, 2012
  • Grades: 3–5


As I look at my students each year, I see such a variety of faces looking back at me. This is because Troy, the city in which my school is located, is the second most ethnically diverse city in the state of Michigan. I feel very proud to be a Troy teacher, and I believe that it is so important to celebrate the diversity that exists in my classroom and at my school. Teaching my students to embrace their diversity helps create an atmosphere of respect and appreciation in my classroom. 

One way that the other third grade teachers and I do this at our school is by hosting an International Festival each year. During this time students research the countries of their ancestors and present their research at an International Festival to celebrate their different cultures through authentic costumes, patriotic music, and international cuisine.


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