On May 4 and 5, more than 500 Peel District School Board students and staff will participate in annual Spotlight on Asian Heritage events at the HJA Brown Education Centre. Students will attend a presentation by Roy Saad, a social worker and youth mentor at United Way of Peel Region, followed by cultural performances and educational workshops.
"These events bring a diverse group of students from Peel schools together to learn about the culture and heritage of our Asian community," says Tony Pontes, director of education. "Students will learn about the importance of recognizing communities and how they can inspire inclusion within their schools by fostering unity."
Students in grades 7 to 12 will attend the event on May 4 and students in grades 2 to 6 will attend the event on May 5. The events run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
In addition to these events, Asian heritage celebrations are taking place in Peel schools throughout the month of May.
At Copeland Public School in Brampton, students have a full schedule planned for the month, including lessons about the art of Rangoli, Chinese lanterns, Bhangra dance and other Asian traditions.
In Mississauga, Dunrankin Drive Public School will recognize Asian Heritage Month by showcasing cultural artifacts in their hallways and by holding a school-wide assembly with student performances. A multicultural day is also scheduled for May 2.
North Park Secondary School in Brampton will hold their annual Turban Day on May 27, when students will learn about the importance of turbans in Sikh culture.
Asian heritage artwork created by Peel schools students will be on display throughout May in the atrium at the HJA Brown Education Centre, located at 5650 Hurontario St. in Mississauga. Copeland is located at 5 Young Dr. in Brampton. Dunrankin Drive is located at 3700 Dunrankin Dr. in Mississauga. North Park is located at 10 North Park Dr. in Brampton.
Audrey Crasto, Multicultural Settlement and Education Partnership Assistant, 905-890-1010 ext. 2462, [email protected]