PELHAM, N.Y. -- The Pelham School District celebrated the uniqueness of its students and their backgrounds with this year's Diversity Celebration on Monday, June 6.
The program included the following:
- a welcome by Judd Rothstein, Pelham Memorial High School Assistant Principal
- a speech and essay by student Sabrina Maggiore
- portraits and poetry by Pelham Middle School students Matthew Gregware, Nyla Frierson and Marlen Singh
- videos by Prospect Hill, Siwanoy, Hutchinson Elementary, Colonial Elementary Schools
- poetry by Pelham Memorial High School students Nahian Ehtesham and Ariana Vazquez
- artwork and poetry by Pelham Memorial High School student Gabrielle Bowen as interpreted by PMHS student Athena Woodfin
- “Stand Together” by Jim Papoulis as performed by The Pelham Middle School Chorus & Pelham Memorial High School Chorus and directed by Mrs. Maria Abeshouse
A Diversity Task Force comprised of students, teachers, parents, board members and more studied the issue of diversity during the 2013-14 academic year. They established the following mission statement:
We seek to understand, respect, and embrace the commonalities and differences of all members of our school community so that we may learn and work together in an engaging and culturally responsive environment that is inclusive and nurturing, and honors the individuality of all without judgment.
The Task Force established the district-wide diversity celebration and other short and long-term goals related to the impact of diversity on student achievement, curriculum, cultural responsiveness and parent engagement and outreach.
The Diversity Celebration's sub-committee includes Angela Calvelli, Jeannine Clark (Co-Chair), Jeanette Connolly, Mariana Cordero, William Doyle, Kimberly Lundy, Debby Papageorge and Maria Thompson (Co-Chair).