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Bridging PHS Traditions With New Celebrations
Andrew Mouzin

Pembroke Hill has expanded the Global Cultural Celebration to a yearlong celebration of culture that includes holding events each season: fall, winter, spring.

During these seasonal events, we have partnered with PHS families to celebrate their familial legacies and unique cultures from various continents. Activities have included: displaying flags of countries; classroom activities; lunch menus featuring dishes from the countries; and music during drop-off. 

So far this year, in the fall we celebrated Africa and Asia, and in the winter we celebrated North and South America. The spring Global Cultural celebration, the week of April 25 - 29, will focus on Europe and Australia. Our May Day, which is based on the events held in England in the 13th Century to celebrate the coming of spring, will be held during this week on Thursday, April 28.  We see celebrating May Day as an extension of celebrating European cultures. On Friday, May 6, there will be a separate culminating Global Cultural event celebrating all of the countries represented at PHS.

Pembroke Hill’s May Day involves students in preschool through fifth grade and seniors. Classes perform a variety of dances, including the Robin Hood dance, country folk dances and the May Day dance. All dances, with the exception of the optional flower dance, are taught as part of the physical education curriculum. The performance is an opportunity for students to share what they have learned. The event also includes the presentation of the May court and crowning of the May queen (elected by the senior class for their contributions to the school).

The May Day festivities will begin at 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 28, on the Wornall Campus hockey field. Rain date is Friday, April 29. Parents are invited to attend. As seating is limited, individuals are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. The event will be live streamed for those who are not able to attend.