To celebrate Black History Month, students at Memorial Junior High were given the opportunity to submit an original piece of artwork, poetry or short essay describing what cultural diversity means to them individually. Nearly fifty entries were submitted for the contest, with a total of ten students being selected to have their work displayed at the Cultural Diversity Luncheon held in the Media Center on Thursday, February 28, 2019. 8th grader Emily Loya’s drawing of Booker T. Washington was selected as the 2018-2019 Cultural Diversity Luncheon winner! In addition, all students who had artwork displayed at the luncheon were surprised with a field trip to explore the new exhibit, Rappers Delight: The Story of Hip Hop, at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Friday, March 1st.
Memorial staff members donated a variety of delicious, cultural food dishes to be enjoyed at the event, including sweet potato cheesecake, assorted versions of spaghetti and greens, Hungarian walnut Kifli and stuffed cabbage. Students and staff from Intervention Specialist Ms. Devon Johnson’s multiple disabilities classroom set up and broke down the luncheon. The students worked on functional/vocational skills that included but were not limited to, filling warming trays with water, setting items on carts, placing faux floral displays in the dining area, cleaning tables and washing dishes. Congratulations to all contest participants, and a big thank-you to all students and teachers who helped to make the 2018-2019 Cultural Diversity Luncheon a success!