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CVA celebrates diversity

On May 21, the Alliance Group and Foreign Language Club hosted Diversity Day at Central Valley Academy. Students were exposed to music, poetry, artwork and were able to experience different cuisines and crafts from around the world. The small gym was transformed into a cultural market with stations set up to taste foods such as lo mein, quesadillas, tacos and Mexican hot chocolate. Students were able to create their own Chinese calligraphy and New Year’s decorations. Diversity Day brought more understanding to the five major world religions and history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) population. The interpretive artwork, writing and poetry pieces showed students everyone is special regardless of their beliefs, even if their view is different than your own.

Donations from several local businesses helped make the day a success. Ms. Rocci, Ms. Donahue and Ms. Huang would like to thank Primo’s, Franco’s, Main Moon, Walmart and Symeon’s for their generous food donations.

The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs or other ideologies. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual. Connecting the gap between differences is essential for peace, stability and development.