Calhoun Celebrates Culture and Diversity Through Cuisine

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English as a New Language learners and the International Buddy Club transformed Calhoun High School faculty room into an elegant red carpet event celebrating the rich diversity of the school.

Students and faculty enjoyed foods from different countries donated by families and staff members. English as a New Language teachers and International Buddy Club advisers, Heather Glick and Mae Angeles worked together with students and club members to organize and create activities, decorations and a festive atmosphere of inclusion and cultural awareness.

The event had special visitors from central administration, middle school students, as well as Calhoun’s very own past and present students.

“We are so proud of the work that these students do,” said ENL Department Chair Enrique Montes. “This is an opportunity for them to celebrate their heritage and acknowledge that diversity makes our building a very special place.”  
In addition to the wonderful food, students participated in a scavenger hunt that encouraged them to converse with other people and find common traits. Students also prepared a video montage highlighting the difficulties that newcomers face and the importance of acceptance and tolerance.