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January 21, 2013-Glenholme News

International Student Celebration Observed at Glenholme

A national flag is a powerful symbol. It not only embodies 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 significance of a multicultural community, the students and staff of The Glenholme School have coordinated community celebrations to acknowledge countries of the school’s current and past international students.
Held in conjunction with a current student’s birthday, Abdel, who is from Egypt, was the second to share a flavor of his home country to everyone enjoying lunch in the Dining Hall on Monday, December 10, 2012. The brief presentation educated everyone on the delicacies, important facts and cultural differences of this vibrant country. With the flag of Egypt held up by Abdel and his friends, Rodion and David, pride unmistakably characterized the ceremony, which honored all students from Egypt – present and past.

The second international celebration further affirmed that the students and staff of The Glenholme School value the diversity of the school population. With over two dozen countries represented, the International Student Celebrations will continue for months. Future celebrations will include Bermuda, Canada, Costa Rica, 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 arranged throughout the year and help to create a positive, supportive environment which strengthens friendships and creates a sense of collaboration and fosters school spirit.
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