At Montessori High School at University Circle, it is tradition to celebration Earth Day through a special, student-organized recognition of the diversity of the earth – in regards to both citizens and nature. Known as “Multicultural and Earth Day,” the students and staff organize activities to honor the diversity of our campus and to give back to our community.
This year, our Multicultural and Earth Day celebration falls on Arbor Day – Friday, April 28th.
This Year’s Activities
Senior students organized the celebration, and chose to focus this year’s volunteer activities on two topics: refugees and trees. In the morning, students and staff will volunteer at:
- Cleveland Botanical Garden: preparing for CBG’s summer programming
- Cleveland Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services: working with refugees to practice speaking English
- The Cleveland Cultural Gardens: touring and learning about cultural leaders and their work around the world
- Cleveland Lakefront Nature Preserve: walking tour of the preserve
- The Dandelion House: working on sustainable development
- InterReligious Task Force on Central America: learning about immigration and refugee crises at a special workshop
- Ohio City Refugee Empowerment Agricultural Program: gardening with refugees
- Shaker Lakes Nature Center: removing invasive species
Whenever possible, student groups will be traveling by public transportation, on foot, or on bike to emphasis the importance of sustainable transportation and to help students familiarize themselves with local routes.
In the afternoon, all groups will return to campus for a multicultural lunch, in which students were invited to bring family dishes to represent their heritage.
Lunch will be followed by a Trinidadian music performance, a Bhangra dance performance, and an all-school seminar on Dale Russakoff’s The New York Times piece “The Only Way We can Fight Back Is to Excel.”
The celebration will conclude with a tree planting. A redbud tree will be planted by the MHS community behind Ferris House near the Annex. The tree was graciously donated by Holden Forests and Garden.
Look for photos from Multicultural and Earth Day this Friday on Instagram!