April 20, 2012 by Brad Currie
Recently Readington Middle School held its annual and very successful Cultural Diversity Day. The students had the fortunate opportunity to experience a wide variety of cultures from around the world. Parents, community members, RMS Staff and other volunteers took the time out of their busy schedules to provide meaningful learning experiences for students about their specific culture. Throughout the day students took part in several presentations and were able to try different foods, wear various forms of clothing, work with their hands and see what life is like living in another culture. The Readington Middle School HSA and our wonderful social studies teachers, led by Mr. Brant Switzler, work very hard behind the scenes to make this valuable learning experience happen.
Some of the key highlights from the day included Japanese Drummers, Chinese Paper Cutting, ShopRite Food Experience,Wegman’s Sushi, Judaism/Islam Summit, Greek Dancing, Yoga, Italian Food, Zumba, Sikhism and Norwegian Culture to name a few. The excitement and passion that the presenters shared with students was truly awe inspiring and enabled students to further understand the world around them. Throughout the day there was a live Twitter stream so that school stakeholders could follow the action in real time: https://twitter.com/#!/RMS_VIKINGS. Also, an iMovie was created that brought together the many images from the day’s events : ttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMj3k7xlDhE.
The Readington Middle School community should be very proud of the engaging and relevant learning experiences that students were apart of during Cultural Diversity Day. It was definitely a team effort and was very successful on many fronts. A special thanks goes to Two Buttons http://twobuttons.com/frenchtown/ who provided many great cultural artifacts to display throughout the school and in turn provided students with even a greater sense of what culture is all about. This is definitely a day that students will never forget and take with them as they live their lives as responsible citizens in this ever changing world. As United Nations General Dallaire stated during the Rwandan Genocide in the 1990s “No human is more human than any other.” This is a motto that rings true with Readington Middle School students and was affirmed with their experiences during Cultural Diversity Day.
By: Brad Currie @bcurrie5, Vice Principal @RMS_VIKINGS