Local Students Host Multi-Cultural Event
The holidays are an exciting time for students and families of The Intergenerational Schools. Before dismissing for Winter Break, each campus holds a large open house event called “Celebration of Learning.” This is a time for students to share something special they have learned in their classrooms with friends, family, and community members during a themed event. At Lakeshore Intergenerational School, visitors were transported around the globe during their “It’s A Small Word” showcase.
Over the course of several weeks, each classroom studied a country of their choosing. With direction from Visual Arts teacher Arenda Evans and research collected in class, they created elaborate displays that highlighted different aspects of their country’s culture. Several guest speakers volunteered to assist with this research, speaking with children and offering interactive presentations. Visitors included an L.I.S. parent from Jamaica, family of staff members who are from Ghana and England, a Reading Mentor who shared her family’s Italian traditions and culture, and two associates from the Lubrizol Corporation who generously spoke with students about life in Egypt and India. It was a tremendous effort from all parties involved and made for spectacular results!
Teachers and students went above and beyond to create a culturally authentic experience for guests. Many offered traditional food for snacks, created art pieces and poems, performed dances and songs in native languages, and even modeled clothing from their country of choice. It was an enormous success. Students were genuinely proud of the work they produced as a classroom community and it showed in the excitement that filled the school in the days leading up to the event. Several family and community members in attendance were impressed by the quality of work the children presented. Many expressed their gratitude for L.I.S., recognizing the outstanding education their children are receiving and the dedication of its teachers and staff.
We are so thankful for our wonderful educators who are able to inspire this love of learning in our students and their families who support their success. As we begin a new year and set our sights on new goals, this is a welcomed reminder of what makes our school community such a special place.
Early enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year has begun for grades K-5. Please call our main office at 216-586-3872 for more information or visit the Lakeshore Intergenerational School campus on March 1 at 5:30 p.m. for our Parent Information Session.