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Jupiter Elementary host multicultural family event Jan. 22 in PBC

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Jupiter Elementary can be said to be universal in its scopes and goals as Jupiter, its namesake, is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest planet in the Solar System. Jupiter the school has become large in its vision by embracing multiculturalism (relating to a social or educational theory that encourages interest in many cultures within a society rather than in only a mainstream culture) through their annual event of diversity in the community.

Today, January 22 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Jupiter Elementary School is holding its annual multicultural family event known as Multicultural Family Night. Students and their families will be able to experience and appreciate other cultures from around the world through learning activity stations, games, students’ work displays and performances. The students even get to have their own Jupiter Elementary passports that get stamped at each continent station.

The school’s Multicultural Committee has invited local community businesses to participate in the event through sponsorship, donations, volunteering, performing or sharing their talents and experiences. The main objective of the Multicultural Committee is to empower students and families to have a positive impact on the cultural climate of the school and community. The goal is to promote appreciation for diversity by building enduring relationships and fostering acceptance of cultural heritages through numerous collaborative works and events.

Some information on Multicultural/ Multiculturalism:

Multiculturalism relates to communities containing multiple cultures. The term is used in two broad ways, either descriptively or normatively. As a descriptive term, it usually refers to the simple fact of cultural diversity: it is generally applied to the demographic make-up of a specific place, sometime at the organizational level, e.g. schools, businesses, neighborhoods, cities, or nations.

As a normative term, it refers to ideologies or policies that promote this diversity or its institutionalization; in this sense, multiculturalism is a society “at ease with the rich tapestry of human life and the desire amongst people to express their own identity in the manner they see fit.” Such ideologies or policies vary widely, including country to country, ranging from the advocacy of equal respect to the various cultures in a society, to a policy of promoting the maintenance of cultural diversity, to policies in which people of various ethnic and religious groups are addressed by the authorities as defined by the group they belong.

REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office Jan. 2014

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