Leadership class works to make the holiday season more inclusive of different cultures

December 8, 2009 — by Girish Swaminath

The winter holidays aren’t only about Christmas.

That’s the message the leadership class is trying to convey this month with numerous posters around campus about other winter holidays such as Boxing Day, St. Stephen’s Day, Las Posadas, La Befana, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

“[This project] was a joint effort of several clubs, including Italian Club, Spanish Club, Diversity Task Force and Multicultural Club,” said senior Rebecca Amato. “We just wanted to create more awareness about other holidays and encourage people to celebrate other holidays in addition to Christmas.”

The leadership class held this project last year as well.

“Last year was the first time we started this project, but this year, we decided to get other clubs on campus involved,” said Amato.

The displays are located in the main office and have added a lot to the festivity to the appearance of the office, while bringing together the different cultures present at SHS.

“[These displays] look good in the office and have brought [all SHS students] together as a community,” said senior Hashim Hyder. “It’s great that we have things like this that encourage us to embrace diversity.”

In addition to the displays, the leadership class is running the One Warm Coat Drive, encouraging people to donate coat to be given to the needy and homeless during the holiday season.

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