Pine Tree Elementary hosts 1st multicultural event
By Lindsay Doty
The Pine Tree Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization in Avon is hosting its first multicultural night on March 6 for students and families.
The event is from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and includes music, food, and activities representing cultures around the world. Families will get a chance to hear different languages, dance, taste new foods, and learn about other cultures.
Photo of Indiana Association of Chinese-Americans (IACA) performing The Lion Dance provided by PTO
“The thought is that this would be a great opportunity to recognize that there is diversity in our schools and bring out the people who are silent and aren’t sharing their culture,” said Rahul Sarkar, father and PTO board member who is originally from India
While his children were born in America he says they’ve visited his home country to learn about their roots.
Organizers hope an event like this will introduce more Pine Tree students to other cultures.
“It’s a chance to expose our children to different cultures and appreciate diversity. It’s something we haven’t done before.”
Some of the guests will include members of the Italian Heritage Society of Indiana who will demonstrate Bocce Ball. Avon High School Spanish and French Honor Society students will be showcasing their bilingual skills, and the Indiana Association of Chinese-Americans (IACA) will perform and teach their traditional Lion Dance.
“The children will get hands-on experience in this icon of Chinese culture,” said Sarkar.
The event is free.