Elwood Middle School’s Operation Respect initiative celebrated Multicultural and Disability Week at the beginning of May with a multicultural gallery in the school’s cafeteria.
Students labeled a world map to show where they are from or the ties they may have to a specific region. Students and staff brought in various clothing, artifacts, jewelry and soccer jerseys from different parts of the world, contributing to the colorful museum experience. They could touch and feel the displayed items and learn about their cultural significance and origin, and were able to feel a sense of pride and learn about their own roots lie as well as other cultures.
On May 6, the week’s activities concluded with Operation Respect student Lily Brown giving a presentation on Osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic bone disorder that is present at birth.
“Operation Respect” displayed the diversity we have here, even within our small yet vibrant community,” school psychologist Bita Mir said.