Spring Fair to showcase Honoring Cultures art (April 17-20, 2008)
The Puyallup School District continues its efforts to prepare students to succeed in an increasingly diverse and changing world.

The past few years, the district has been using curriculum developed by the Respecting Ethnic And Cultural Heritage (REACH) Center.

This April, students will showcase what they’ve learned through the REACH Center and other programs in the district’s extensive multicultural curriculum.

The Spring Fair in Puyallup, set for April 17-20, will host an Honoring Cultures artist showcase where student-created art and writing will be on display in the Showplex Exhibition and Conference Center.

Instructional coach Pam Lewis-Bridges said student pieces will reflect what they have learned through reading and discussions from activities such as the 21st Century Novel reading programs and the REACH Read-Aloud program.

Artwork and writing from each school will be selected for the exhibit, and the students who created them will be invited to discuss their work in person on April 19.

“They’ll be given an opportunity to also demonstrate their communications skills,” Lewis-Bridges said.

Each year, the Office of Diversity Affairs traditionally hosts a diversity celebration featuring performing arts and multicultural exhibits. Last year, the event was held in Tacoma as part of the World Affairs Summit.

Hosting the art exhibit in Puyallup, she said, will allow more parents and community members to participate.