By Isabel Correa
Wethersfield High School, like most other schools, is made up of students from diverse backgrounds. From Uruguay to China, from Albania to India and everything in between WHS student’s express and embrace their cultures in everyday interactions, but on May 15th students will express their culture in terms of dance, food, and clothing for all to see during Wethersfield High School’s first ever Culture Night.
Culture Night was an idea that started out in student council and is created by students volunteering, now this night is a reality for WHS as it is for most high schools.
One of the teachers who is helping to organize this event is Ms. Rajan, a WHS history teacher, and student council advisor. When being asked, What inspired student council to created Culture Night? She states, “When I taught at Bloomfield High School, the Foreign Language Department held a Cultural Night where students and staff represented their heritage through food, fashion, and performances”.
She continued, “It was a great night and brought a wonderful sense of community to the school. Since taking over Student Council I have tried to run it here, and this was the first year students actually seemed interested to do it”.
When being asked, What will students and parents do during Culture Night? She said, “When people attend Cultural Night, they will receive a Passport. As of right now, we have 32 different cultural groups that will be set up around the Cafeteria with informational posters and food for people to try. Students can ask questions at each table or view the information posters to understand the culture better”
Besides the amazing food and fashion show, you can expect 3 dance performances from the countries of Armenia, Portugal, and the Dominican Republic. Students will be performing a traditional Armenian dance, a tentative Portuguese dance and a Bachata dance tutorial.
Some countries you can expect to see during Culture Night include, St Lucian, Guyana, Chile, South Korea, Sweden, Lithuania, Iran, Ireland, Norway and 20 different other countries that will be represented that night.
If you are interested in presenting a Culture Night today is your last day to sign up with Ms. Rajan in room 115. However, if presenting is not your thing hopefully eating exotic foods and dancing is. Culture Night takes place at WHS on May 15th at 6 pm to 9 pm, get your passports ready. Hope to see you there.