“IT’S A SMALL WORLD” AT OUR LADY OF LAS VEGAS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
In early spring, Our Lady of Las Vegas has its annual Multicultural Night! Celebrating other countries, in addition to The United States of America, is something educational as well as informational for Our Lady’s student body and community.
Multicultural education is a set of educational strategies developed to assist teachers when responding to many issues created by the rapidly changing demographics of their students. It provides students with knowledge about the histories, texts, values, beliefs, and perspectives of people from different cultural backgrounds. At the classroom level, teachers incorporate lessons to reflect the cultural diversity of the students through discussion, literature, classwork, and projects. Historical examples that are understandable to students from different cultural backgrounds or that reflect their particular cultural experience are also part of the classroom lessons.
Our Lady of Las Vegas firmly believes that even though we are living in America, there is a need to know and appreciate other cultural perspectives! During the school year, each grade chooses a specific country to focus on for the entire year. The teachers incorporate, throughout the year, everything having to do with their specific country, into numerous lessons. The students are immersed in the culture of that country, and consider similarities and differences from their own culture and their country for that year.
Teachers, students, parents, grandparents, and the Our Lady of Las Vegas Community all look forward to visiting classrooms to view displays, taste ethnic food, enjoy students in traditional dress, and hear musical pieces performed by Our Lady’s band and choirs.
It is an evening that everyone looks forward to and speaks about for weeks to come!