May 1, 2017

Peel board students and staff to explore roots of inclusion in celebration of Asian Heritage Month

As part of Asian Heritage Month celebrations, more than 500 Peel students and staff will participate in the board's annual Spotlight on Asian Heritage events. The events will take place at the HJA Brown Education Centre on May 8 and 9, where students will attend a keynote address by spoken-word artist and Peel grad, Wali Shah. Following the presentation, students will attend interactive workshops that focus on this month's theme of 'Roots of Inclusion'.

"Celebrating Asian Heritage Month in our schools allows students to learn about the rich culture, traditions and the contributions of Asian Canadians, "says Tony Pontes, director of education. "While we celebrate Asian Heritage Month in May, our schools are committed to celebrating all communities and cultures throughout the year."

​Throughout the month of May, Peel board students, staff and families will celebrate Asian Heritage Month by participating in activities and events taking place across Peel schools.

At Great Lakes Public School in Brampton, students will celebrate Asian Heritage Day on May 5 with activities such as henna, martial arts, origami and bindi-making. Morning announcements about the achievements of prominent Asian Canadians will also be read.

Derry West Public School in Mississauga will hold a cultural dress day including an assembly with student performances and fashion shows.

Students at Humberview Secondary School in Caledon have planned a cultural food festival as well as dance performances, morning announcements and lunch learning sessions.

To assist students, families and staff, the Peel board will share resources related to Asian heritage with all schools. Schools will also display an Asian Heritage Month poster, Roots of Inclusion, featuring Asian Canadians who have made significant contributions to our country.

The Spotlight on Asian Heritage events will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the HJA Brown Education Centre, located at 5650 Hurontario St. in Mississauga. Students in grades 7 to 12 will participate on May 8 and students in grades 2 to 6 will attend on May 9.  Asian heritage artwork by students will be on display in the atrium. Derry West Public School is located at 620 Twain Ave. in Mississauga. Great Lakes Public School is located at 285 Great Lakes Dr. in Brampton. Humberview Secondary School is located at 135 Kingsview Dr. in Bolton.

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Reference: 

Audrey Crasto, Multicultural, Settlement and Education Partnership Assistant, 905-890-1010, ext. 2462, audrey.crasto@peelsb.com

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