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D300 begins plans for Multicultural Festival next fall

Updated: January 17, 2013 6:25AM



The stage has been set for District 300’s first district-wide celebration of diversity and culture.

Students, families, staff, and community members are asked to mark their calendars for Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, as the date of the D300 Multicultural Festival which will be held at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee.

Diversity has repeatedly been found in various local surveys over the years to be one of the district’s strengths. The special event will showcase this diversity through music, art, dance, clothing, cooking demonstrations, informational literature, and more.

Superintendent Michael Bregy noted that while some of the students and parents in D300 are frequently exposed to the district’s many cultures, others are not. At least 65 languages are spoken in the homes of D300 students according to a 2012 parent survey, such as Cantonese, Urdu, Polish, Punjabi, Korean, Farsi, Filipino, French, Spanish, and many more.

“Individual schools and groups have held cultural events in the past, but the event next fall will be the first time that the entire D300 community has come together in celebration of our wonderful multiculturalism,” Dr. Bregy said. “We look forward to taking the next several months to put together an event that will have a positive impact on our students and community.”

The event was first proposed by Paul Dodson, parent of a Jacobs High School student and president of the D300 African American Parent Advisory Committee (AAPAC). Since the group was established in 2011, AAPAC volunteers have worked closely with D300 leaders and families on several projects. The district would also like to hear from any cultural groups in the district interested in making the festival a success, whether by helping to spread the word within the community, performing or otherwise participating at the festival itself, or assisting in the planning of the festival.

Those interested should contact Allison Strupeck at allison.strupeck@d300.org, or call 847-551-8344.



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