Multicultural Festival aims to celebrate diversity

Would you ever guess that students in Minot Public Schools speak a combined number of more than 40 languages?

For many, their families moved to North Dakota from their country of origin.

The school district is making it a point to celebrate that diversity by holding the third annual Multicultural Festival Thursday night from 5:30-7:30 at Magic City Campus.

They’ll have foods like chicken tamales, Swedish meatballs, spring rolls, and candy from Thailand – just to name a few.

“For them just to understand that where they’re from is just as important as where I’m from and so everybody is just treated equal,” English Learners Specialist, Kathy Haskins said that’s what she wants the students to take away from this.

But then again, it is for everyone in the community as well.

Event organizers, along with students and their families, have prepared more than a dozen menu items from countries all over the world.

Students will also perform cultural dances.

“When we see the enlightenment of them learning about the different cultures, learning about the different languages when they come into our rooms, they are happy to share,” Haskins said. “We always tell them you’re great to be bilingual, trilingual. We have some kindergarteners that speak five different languages right now.”

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