June 4, 2013 > James Leitch School celebrates Multicultural Day
James Leitch School celebrates Multicultural Day
Submitted By Malti Gursahani
The annual Multicultural celebration event held at James Leitch School on May 28th celebrated diversity and the volunteering spirit within the Warm Springs /James Leitch Community. "We want our kids to learn about different cultures and show respect to one another. Multi- cultural day gets bigger every year and allows us to come alive, giving everyone time and opportunity to express themselves," said Mrs. Lee, principal of James Leitch Elementary School.
The celebration was a joint effort of the school staff and parent volunteers. School kids were encouraged to wear cultural costumes, creating a festive atmosphere on campus. With perfect weather and positive energy in the air, team performances, choreographed by parent volunteers and teachers, represented global folk dances and art forms; Ms. Malti Gursahani choreographed a colorful Indian folk dance sequence for kids. Students were delighted to wear traditional costumes and perform in front of a huge and appreciative audience.
Kung Fu was presented by Wesley, a teacher who, along with students Kayla and Alex, shared the importance of self defense, self discipline and confidence. The ballet dance moved the hearts of the audience while teacher Mrs. Harris's class performed a Mexican dance, a good example of team synergy. There was also a Punjabi dance at the event. What a wonderful treat to see these amazing dances at lunchtime!
The kids presented their show in the school courtyard, for friends and family, at three intervals throughout the day. In addition, the school organized an art booth offered by Ichen Wu, a Chinese painter, who demonstrated the significance of creative learning in a child's school life. Compliments from school friends, teachers, parents and guests helped to boost each performer's confidence and self-esteem and made for a wonderful day.