Mount Carmel celebrates cultural diversity

Despite fears about rain and a few sprinkles, the sun came out in full force last Friday just in time for Mount Carmel School’s annual celebration of Cultural Diversity Day.

MCS students represented over a dozen cultures with a parade, cultural dances, and performances.

The celebration featured the following grade levels showcasing their respective cultural traditions: K4-Philippines, K5-USA, Grade 1-Korea, Grade 2-Japan, Grade 3-Malaysia, Grade 4-CNMI, Grade 5-Marshall Islands, Grade 6-Samoa, Grade 7-Micronesia, Grade 8-Thailand, Grade 9-Palau, Grade 10-Indonesia, Grade 11-China, and Grade 12-India.

“Between the performances, the food, and all the fun, our students celebrated the cultural diversity that makes our school family truly special,” said school president Galvin Deleon Guerrero. “The [children] were full of energy and their performances were wonderful!”  

Deleon Guerrero also recognized the value of the school’s diversity. “As one of our longest standing traditions, long before the CNMI declared its own Cultural Diversity Day, it’s heartwarming to see our students, faculty, and staff appreciate our cultural diversity so much. After all, we are a very culturally diverse school, so it’s important that we value and validate who we are on a day like this.”

Student Council president Erika Mendiola agreed. “This is something that I look forward to every year because everyone gets to celebrate.”

“This is a time for us all to respect and celebrate the diversity that makes us who we are,” she added.

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