Global Village: A Celebration of Diversity
On May 11th from 12:00pm to 4:00pm, Perry Schools will host Global Village Day
on their high school campus. Global Village Day will explore and celebrate diversity in our region through activities, performances, speakers, food, and storytelling.
Included in the day are performances by Mama Fasi, an African drummer and storyteller, Ritmo y Raza who will be performing traditional Latin American dances, and Greek dancers from St. Demetrios. Activities will include a pick up soccer game, games from around the world, a storytelling booth, family origins mapping, crafts, dance lessons, and more.
The event was created by staff members and student groups who saw a need to have more conversations about diversity in our community. The lead organizer of the event and K-4 Art Teacher, Caryl Church, said, “We are so lucky to have this work supported by a team of colleagues K-12 and students. I truly believe in the vision statement of the event and personally hope that everyone leaves feeling connected to their community in a deeper way.” She continued, “I hope that our out of town visitors get a sense of the richness of Perry’s people and that Perry citizens leave knowing more about who we are as a community. My greatest goal would be that each person walks away feeling seen, valued, and more knowledgeable”.
A contributor to the event is Latina Unidas, a group organized by Perry Spanish Teacher Sonia Rodriguez that provides teenaged Latino girls with leadership and educational resources in order to increase their knowledge and expand their awareness of the common challenges and opportunities before them. Ms. Rodriguez said that the group creates a nurturing, peer supported environment for Latinos of high school age and develops their leadership skills.
Another contributor to the day will be Perry High School’s Gay Straight Alliance Personal Responsibility in a Desirable Environment (GSA PRIDE) group. Formed five years ago, the group aims to create a more accepting environment for everyone regardless of their identification by offering support and advocacy. “We see ourselves as an advocacy group for kindness and acceptance,” said group advisor Jodi Rzeszotarski. “The Global Village is all about acceptance, appreciation of diversity and understanding. We are a perfect fit”.
Funding for the event is being provided through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant awarded to the District in 2018. The federal grant was awarded to Perry in recognition of their commitment to creating support and opportunities that address social, emotional, and wellness needs of the community and students. Grant Program Manager, Jason Tobie stated, “We have committed to using community and student voice to envision and execute these opportunities with the goal of developing a strong, unified community”.
The event has partnered with the Perry Library, Barnes and Noble, the Perry Historical Society, and local food trucks. All are welcome and admission is free. A schedule of events and activities for the day is listed here
. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.
Image: Global Village logo created by 8th Grader Jessica Wills.
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