Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet - October 26, 2018

Fridley Public Schools will honor six Distinguished Alumni selected for their accomplishments since high school graduation; their personal attributes, which align with the International Baccalaureate Program; and their contributions to their communities. Click here for more information or click here to purchase tickets to the event.

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Hayes Elementary School celebrates World Culture Week
Posted 06/05/2018 09:00AM


Hayes Elementary School celebrated the diversity of its students with World Culture Week from May 21 to 25, 2018. The annual event allows students to learn about different countries and cultures around the world, as well as celebrate their own cultural backgrounds.

“The most important part of World Culture Week was the pride students felt at having their cultures validated and affirmed,” said Laura Charles, Hayes art teacher who helped organize the week’s activities. “It was a tangible, fun way to show their cultural pride in a safe place full of love and respect.”

Students learned greetings in various languages, listened to cultural music and played games. Students also enjoyed an “art walk around the world” activity, where they viewed and studied various forms of art displayed in the hallways around Hayes. Students stamped their “passports” as they saw art from each continent.

The week culminated with a world culture fashion show and assembly. The clothing in the show came from students’ families and teachers -- featuring traditional Hmong dresses, star quilts from the Lakota tribe, East African and West African attire, among many others. Hayes staff also performed their own rendition of the song, “We are the world.”

Charles said the students enjoy a valuable learning experience by participating in World Culture Week.

“They learn through these experiences that we need to see and appreciate our differences, but also see that we all smile the same, enjoy many colorful clothes, beautiful music, and fun games, no matter where we are born or where we grow up,” she said.








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