Lakeshore Elementary School, (Holland, MI). Lakeshore Elementary School values the diverse backgrounds of its students, families, and staff. This school year we implemented a new Diversity Committee. The members of the Diversity Committee work to improve school culture, increase awareness, and create an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and welcomed. The committee also created a list of books and resources for Lakeshore teachers to use in their classrooms. The books were divided into different categories, such as diversity of race, diversity of language, diversity of ability, and diversity of opportunities.
Since March is Reading Month, the school showcased an abundance of multicultural books highlighting authors from different backgrounds, religions, cultures, and countries. Teachers could read these stories or play the video showing the read aloud to their classes each day. The school also suggested activities for students to do at home each day with their families. For instance, students could have a discussion with their families about what rights are worth marching for, or researching a country found in Asia. These extensions gave students, families, and staff members the opportunity to show cultural awareness, respect, and also gave us a way to address current events and social movements.
In addition, the Diversity Committee created bulletin boards throughout Lakeshore that showcase acceptance, loving one another through our differences, and inclusion. Several teachers also did mural projects with their students to showcase different diverse men and women. These beautiful murals are now on display throughout the Lakeshore hallways.