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Date, location set for D300 Multicultural Festival

The stage has been set for District 300’s first district-wide celebration of diversity and culture, with the date and location having been chosen during a recent meeting (Dec. 11) of the event’s steering committee.

Students, families, staff, and community members are asked to mark their calendars for Sunday, October 20, 2013, as the date of the D300 Multicultural Festival which will be held at Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee. 

Diversity has repeatedly been found in various local surveys over the years to be one of the district’s strengths.  The special event will showcase this diversity through music, art, dance, clothing, cooking demonstrations, informational literature, and more.

Superintendent Michael Bregy noted that while some of the students and parents in D300 are frequently exposed to the district’s many cultures, others are not.  At least 65 languages are spoken in the homes of D300 students according to a 2012 parent survey, such as Cantonese, Urdu, Polish, Punjabi, Korean, Farsi, Filipino, French, Spanish, and many more.

“Individual schools and groups have held cultural events in the past, but the event next fall will be the first time that the entire D300 community has come together in celebration of our wonderful multiculturalism,” Dr. Bregy said. “We look forward to taking the next several months to put together an event that will have a positive impact on our students and community.”

The event was first proposed by Paul Dodson, parent of a Jacobs High School student and president of the D300 African American Parent Advisory Committee (AAPAC). Since the group was established in 2011, AAPAC volunteers have worked closely with D300 leaders and families on several projects.  This summer, a steering committee including D300 staff, parents, and community members began planning for the multicultural festival, which Dodson hopes will become an annual tradition.  Dodson noted the strong, positive response he got from Dr. Bregy and the Board of Education when presenting the festival concept at a Board meeting. 

"One of the goals of AAPAC was to find a way to celebrate the diversity of the D300 family,” Dodson said.  “Parents have shared their desire to bring the entire community together at one fun-filled, educational event, and now it is becoming a reality.  We want all of the community to come celebrate and embrace our diversity.” 

Now that date has been set and Spring Hill Mall has committed as a major partner, work can move forward on getting D300 schools involved and planning the detailed logistics necessary for such a large-scale event.  Committees have been established, and the district is looking for volunteers to assist in each of the following areas:

  • Community & Business Partners/Sponsors
  • Cultural Entertainment
  • Finance/Fundraising
  • Food (Cooking Demonstrations)
  • Operations
  • Parent/Student Engagement
  • Publicity
  • School Engagement

The district would also like to hear from any cultural groups in the district interested in making the festival a success, whether by helping to spread the word within the community, performing or otherwise participating at the festival itself, or assisting in the planning of the festival.

Those who are interested in getting involved should email D300 Director of Communication Services Allison Strupeck at allison.strupeck@d300.org, or call 847.551.8344. 

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