Throughout the month of May, schools across the Peel District School Board will participate in Asian Heritage Month events and activities, including the board’s annual Spotlight on Asian Heritage events held on May 8 and 9 at the HJA Brown Education Centre. More than 500 students and staff will attend the spotlight events, which will consist of a keynote presentation by social activist and mental health advocate Loizza Aquino and interactive workshops led by Peel staff.
“These events and activities provide students the opportunity to learn more and celebrate the many achievements of Asian Canadians, who throughout our history, have done so much to shape Canada as the culturally diverse and prosperous nation we know today,” says Peter Joshua, director of education. “Although Asian Heritage Month takes place in May, our students and staff will continue to shine the spotlight on Asian heritage in their schools and communities throughout the school year.”
Students, staff and public members can tune in to watch the live stream of the Spotlight events on the board’s Facebook page on May 8 and 9 at 9 a.m. Asian heritage artwork by students will be on display in the atrium at the HJA Brown Education Centre throughout the month of May.
Many Asian Heritage Month activities are taking place across Peel schools during May and throughout the year, including:
• Claireville Public School in Brampton will host Dance-Shala, a dance workshop consisting of a variety of Indian classical dances, including Bollywood and Bhangra on May 15 and 16. At the end of the month on May 30, the school will hold a Cultural Dress Day and showcase a student flash mob routine that was learned during Dance-Shala.
• Mississauga Secondary School is planning a student-led event, where they will feature headwear from various Asian cultures to celebrate Asian Heritage Month. The date of the event will be announced later in the month.
• Thomas Street Middle School in Mississauga is hosting an Asian Heritage Month assembly on May 30 where Peel alumni, Wali Shah will attend as guest speaker. The school will also have a ‘Parade of Nations’ during the assembly. A henna art session is organized at the school for May 1.
Follow along Asian Heritage Month activities on Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #PeelAsianHeritage.
The Spotlight on Asian Heritage events will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the HJA Brown Education Centre, located at 5650 Hurontario St. in Mississauga. Students in grades 7 to 12 will participate on May 8 and students in grades 2 to 6 will attend on May 9. Claireville is located at 97 Gallucci Cres. in Brampton. Mississauga is located at 550 Courtney Park Dr. West in Mississauga. Thomas Street is located at 2640 Thomas St. in Mississauga.
Audrey Crasto, School Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010, ext. 3360, [email protected]