Cultural Connections Club

Cultural Connections is an instructional approach that encourages students to share their own unique culture as well as exposing them to other cultures around the world. Giving students an opportunity to experience other cultures through art, music, food, dance, celebrations, traditions and many more avenues, helps them learn to respect each other and the culture that makes them unique.

Every project begins with either a writing prompt, vocabulary specific to the lesson or a reflection piece. Students will record their reflections in a journal notebook and share their writing within the group.

This year, Haverstraw will celebrate their 400th anniversary. Our students have been invited to participate in a unique photographic exhibition we’ve entitled, “Essence of a Community.”

Students will capture their personal view of their community in a photograph and will exhibit these photos in the Garnerville Arts Festival slated for May 21 and 22, 2016.

The theme for the festival is “Community.” This project is a perfect pairing to showcase our student’s photographs.

Copy of IMG_3799.JPGSusana Riley was gracious enough to offer to come in and speak to the students about this holiday that is celebrated throughout Mexico. Dia de los Muertos celebrates the gathering of family and friends to celebrate and honor family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Students were first shown a short clip produced by CGI Student Academy, winner of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Students were then given the following writing prompt: Think about a loved one who has passed away. Describe your favorite things about them. What was unique about them? What did you learn from them?

We ended the lesson with decorating Day of the Dead cakes.