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Whitehurst Heritage Day a Family Affair
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Grade 4 students on the Bolles Lower School Whitehurst Campus hosted a successful Heritage Day in their classrooms on May 13, enlightening guests to the history and culture of their family backgrounds.

The project began with research, according to fourth grade teachers Caryn Canfield and Susan Pratt. Students were tasked with exploring their heritage from one side of their family with the goal of learning why their family immigrated to the United States. They also studied the food, artifacts, recipes, traditions and history of their family’s origin country. The final part of the project was presentation. Students created tri-fold boards displaying the information they learned, made a doll dressed in traditional clothing, created ceramic artifacts in Elizabeth Miron’s art studio representative of that country and prepared costume attire to wear.

Their heritage studies spanned the globe, revealing family history from Nigeria, Scotland, China, Belarus, India and many more places beyond.

Their work culminated beautifully on Heritage Day – which included presentations of prepared speeches, samplings of foods from each country represented and an exhibit of their traditional dress. Parents were the first to visit Heritage Day in their classroom, and peers visited throughout the morning.

For photos from Heritage Day, visit our online gallery.