Oak Hill Highlights, Embraces Its Diversity
More Than 20 Languages Spoken in the Homes of Oak Hill Students
Oak Hill Elementary School, one of the most diverse schools in Austin, is celebrating its culturally rich student body at an event featuring everything from bag pipes to rice balls.
The school’s "Our World, Our School" event is at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14.
More than 20 languages – from Russian to Hindi – are the primary languages spoken in the homes of Oak Hill students. More than 150 flags from countries around the world permanently hang in the school’s cafeteria to represent students’ countries of origin over time.
“This event helps us understand and appreciate all that we have in common and to respect our differences,” said Dr. Cathryn Mitchell, principal. “Kids are proud to show off the cultures of their families and share information with each other about who we are. It builds friendships throughout the community.”
A total of 16 countries will be represented by interactive booths designed by students and their families. Booths will include Belize, China, Croatia, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Japan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Scotland, South Africa, Sudan and Syria.
Kids will take “passports” to the booths to get stamped and to learn about the countries represented.
The event will include professional performances by a bag piper and drummers, the schools Ballet Folklorico group, and students performing songs and dances from various countries throughout the event. A wide variety of foods will be offered, from rice balls to pizza to Mexican fare.
“Students and their families have the chance to celebrate with an international potluck and performances,” said Sally Coleman, PTA volunteer and event coordinator. “The culturally rich student body at Oak Hill Elementary is unique and gives us many reasons to celebrate and learn.”
What: Oak Hill Elementary "Our World, Our School" event
When: 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14.
Where: Oak Hill Elementary, 6101 Patton Ranch Rd.