Schools Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month

Schools Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month
Posted on 06/06/2022

Throughout the month of May, in honor of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, students engaged in activities including assemblies, projects and more highlighting contributions of the AAPI community. Throughout classrooms, students were introduced to the range of countries in the Asia and Pacific islands. Through morning announcements, read-alouds videos and more, students learned about the cultures, traditions, history and heritages of the AAPI community. 

Several schools were treated to assemblies by Kulture Kool, a Performing Arts center for adults and children specializing in South Asian Performing Arts & languages. Their presentation was all about India and various aspects of its rich culture (ancient/ modern/ and colonial influences). Their slides also touch on the Indian American experience and also about the various ethnicities that exist within the group. Presentations included interactive dance performances and a sari-trying demonstration.

presentation on India  presentation on India

Indian dance  Indian dance

students dance  trying on a sari

On Sunday, June 5, families and community members gathered at Edgemont Memorial Park for AAPI Montclair’s second annual Lantern Festival for Justice and Remembrance. Participants illuminated the park with thousands of lanterns as a memorial to all the souls lost to racial injustice, inequity, and violence.

musicians perform  community members watch performance

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