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“My Story” at Clara H. Carlson School

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To celebrate the diverse cultures that make up the Clara H. Carlson School community, the building recently hosted its first annual “My Story” event. Students in grades 1-6 who have immigrated to the United States within the past two years presented and shared their stories. Families, faculty and administrators were invited to attend.

The event, which was inspired by a similar project at a Hampton Bays school, was led by sixth grade teachers Jenna Naclerio and Jessica Trione. They were assisted by the “My Story” committee, which was comprised of the art teacher, ENL and SEL staff members.

Students began their projects by working closely with the SEL and ENL teams. After brainstorming ideas, the students wrote their personal stories in both English and their native language. The students then illustrated their journeys with the guidance CHC's art teacher. The students’ projects lined the walls in the gymnasium where the culminating event was held.

At the “My Story” event, some students read aloud their pieces in English and others shared their stories in their native language. Some of the countries represented included Haiti, Ecuador and Guatemala.

After the students’ presentations, guests were invited to walk around and view the students’ projects and eat homemade food from some of their home countries.

Date Added: 6/24/2024

Cultural Diversity Day at Clara H. Carlson School

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To celebrate diversity and all the cultures of the school community, Clara H. Carlson hosted its first annual Cultural Diversity Day on May 21. Presented by the school’s Diversity, Equity and inclusion Committee, the event’s theme was “Celebrating Our Cultural Diversity – Many Flowers, One Garden!” The initiative was led by DEI Committee Chairs Denisse Rivas and Nadine Murrell, and ENL teacher Rita Johnson.

The celebrations and activities took place throughout the month of May, with the culminating event held on May 21. Students in grades K-6 were asked to create a poster, with the help of their family members, that displays their culture. These projects were displayed throughout the hallways.

During Cultural Diversity Day, students were invited to dress in their native garments or the colors of their flags. Parents and family members were invited to witness performances and presentations, as well as partake in games and activities, that celebrated the students’ cultures.

Date Added: 6/3/2024