Multicultural Night beams in color and sound
A stroll through the lobby at Thomasville Primary School transformed into a quick trip across the globe Friday night.
TPS held its seventh annual Multicultural Night as representatives from more than a dozen countries shared music, art and heritage with students and parents who, equipped with their own passport, embarked on a hopscotch trek spanning five continents.
“We have a very diverse population here in Thomasville,” Principal Angela Moore said. “We want all different countries and cultures to be exposed. We want our students to learn not only about our cultures but other cultures as well.”
TPS beamed in color and sound with native flutes and steel drums echoing amidst customary dress, paintings and antiquity. Multicultural Night continues to grow with 20 countries marking a high for the seven-year event.
“I feel like we get bigger and bigger every year and it’s a good thing,” said first grade teacher Farzana Basam, who represented Afghanistan. “I feel like we get more and more diverse every year. It’s good to bring diversity to the kids here. I love seeing their faces as they go around.”
Among the representatives were a group of exchange students from Davidson County Community College. Envonam Maglo said she enjoyed seeing how interested children were in her native Ghana, a country in West Africa. Maglo said the biggest difference between her home country and America not only is the music, dress and food, but holidays such as Christmas and Thanksgiving.
“This is a great opportunity for me,” Maglo said. “It’s great to see the young ones learning so quick about all the other countries. It’s fantastic. If we had those privileges when we were young I believe we would know thousands of things we do not know.”
Debra Terry, a kindergarten teacher, said the idea for Multicultural Night came to her after she visited a school her daughter was teaching at in Charlotte. The school was very diverse and held an annual international night. Terry and a few colleagues went and came back to Thomasville with a plan to do something similar in the Chair City.
“I said ’we can do this,’” Terry said. “I think it’s important to learn about cultures from around the world because many of them are represented right here in our own school by the students we teach. I feel like it’s very important.”
Once visitors completed the around-the-world tour, they could cross a hallway where a variety of international activities awaited. Tables offering God’s eye weaving, necklace making and flower design gave students a chance to take a piece of another culture home with them featuring their own personal touch. Multicultural Night concluded with performances from a group of African dancers and the Girls Fit Club.
Countries represented at Multicultural Night included Pakistan, Mexico, Afghanistan, Native America, Trinidad, Guinea Bissau in West Africa, Romania, Colombia, Australia, Ecuador, Cambodia, Egypt, Sweden, China, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Costa Rica and Brazil.
Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578, or firstname.lastname@example.org.