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June 22, 2012 -Glenholme News

International Students are Celebrated at Glenholme


A national flag is more than a symbol of a country’s identity it also represents a history, a set of ideals, and in modern times, it has become a source of pride. Recognizing the importance of a multicultural community, the students and staff of The Glenholme School coordinated the first community celebration to recognize the countries of the school’s current and past international students.

Held in close conjunction with a current student’s birthday, David, who is from the People’s Republic ofChina (PRC), was the first to provide a taste of his home country to everyone enjoying lunch in the Dining Hall on Tuesday, June 12, 2012. The celebration included a selection of music, a special luncheon menu, and a short presentation which educated everyone on the history, important facts and cultural differences of this dynamic country. With the flag of the People’s Republic ofChinanoticeably displayed, pride clearly characterized the ceremony, which honored all students from PRC – present and past.

The first international celebration revealed that the students and staff of The Glenholme School value the diversity of the school population. With over three dozen countries represented, the International Student Celebrations will continue for many months with the anticipation of stronger participation. Future celebrations will include Bermuda, Canada, Costa Rica, Egypt, England, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. As a reminder of the multicultural makeup of the Glenholme community, the flags of these nations and others will be displayed prominently around campus.

Community-building events are vital to the social and emotional development of students with special needs.  Occasions such as these celebrations are scheduled throughout the year and help to create a positive, supportive environment which strengthens friendships and creates a sense of collaboration and school spirit.

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