Classes Learn About Diwali

Classes Learn About Diwali
Posted on 10/27/2022
This week, the district was closed in recognition of Diwali, the festival of lights. Prior to the holiday, the most anticipated and most celebrated festival of India, some of our schools participated in activities in honor of the occasion. 

A Bradford student's mother came into share a lesson on Diwali. She read a book, shared additional information and helped the class make two crafts: a "firecracker" ring and a paper diya, a lamp used to light up the Diwali celebration. The class wrote about something they learned at the end of the presentation. 

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Students also made diyas in Dr. Cahill's and Ms. Barroquiero's class.

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Diwali craft activity  Diwali display

Fifth grade students made marigolds, learned about hte meaning of the Rangoli and read "Be the Change." In the fourth grade, a students' mothers came in to discuss Indian culture, the meaning of Diwali, and helped students make diyas.

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Parents and students contributed decorations to the school's Diwali Display. 

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At Bullock School, students in Ms. Gallo's third grade class and Ms. Rosa's Kindergarten class learned about Diwali through two books read by fellow classmates' parents. Students also each received their own diya.

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Diwali classroom lesson  Diwali lesson
students with diyas  staff with diyas
Watchung held a Diwali assembly. A third grade parent came in and talked to students about Diwali, why it is celebrated and who celebrates it. Students then returned to the classroom and worked on some fun Diwali activities. She also donated two books, one for grades K-2 and one for 3-5 that can be shared with all the teachers.

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Diwali book  Diwali book

The Saraswati Cultural Association visited Glenfield Middle School on Friday, October 21 to teach us about Diwali and the significance of the holiday to India and across different religions. Anita Chadha, founder and president of the SCA organized an informative and interactive Dilwai assembly that included performances of traditional dances such as Bharatnatynam and Bollywood. The students were then invited on stage to learn Bhangra dances. The ceremony concluded with the light of tealight candles as is Diwali tradition of the festival of lights.
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