DeKALB – As a means of embracing the cultural diversity of DeKalb School District 428 students, Superintendent Jamie Craven has introduced several recommendations for holiday parties.
“Our students are fortunate to be in a community with such great diversity, and we should be celebrating and taking advantage of that,” Craven said during Tuesday’s board meeting.
Craven’s first recommendation was to continue the seasonal celebrations district schools currently offer since they are all-inclusive and are embraced and enjoyed by students he’s observed. PTAs also would be free to organize specific holiday evening events if they choose.
The second recommendation is to promote traditional symbols within district buildings, such as Christmas trees, menorahs, Kwanzaa ritual visuals, poinsettias, wreaths and other decorations.
“Age-appropriate lessons and activities could accompany the recognition of various symbols,” Craven said in an email to the board outlining his recommendations. “Our principals and teachers will determine what is building and age-appropriate.”
Finally, Craven recommended the recognition of other nonholiday celebrations and the recognition of events such as American Heritage Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, multicultural family night and others. This could be coupled with the expansion of age-appropriate lessons and activities of other celebrations.
Several board members voiced support for the recommendations during Tuesday’s meeting.