Celebrating and Embracing World Wide Cultures and Traditions In Our Schools

Mariella Fernandes, English, Whitewater Middle School

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


This curriculum unit seeks to give students, parents, teachers and administrators in our school and community the opportunity to embrace, celebrate, and learn the complex concept of culture. Everyone is associated with some culture. For some it could be with the country or region of their ancestors because they are first of second generation in the new country. For others it may encompass areas like family, religion, roots, values, identity and community. Everyone involved in the celebration of the international festival will learn that culture gives people a sense of identity, a sense of belonging, a sense of representing a place that is very important to them. As students, families and teachers examine their own cultural backgrounds, they will embrace, value and celebrate together all the other cultures, both inside and outside our schools and community.