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PHS World Cultures Day coming up; public invited

Teaching Perham High School students about cultural diversity and tolerance is what World Cultures Day is all about. 

All day next Wednesday, Jan. 15, the school’s halls will be filled with learning opportunities behind every door.

Scheduled events this year will include a performance of “Daughters of Africa,” by the Mixed Blood Theatre of the Twin Cities, starting at 2:10 p.m. in the school auditorium and open to the entire student body. The show is fueled by the music of Queen Latifah, Aretha Franklin and Lena Horne; it celebrates the accomplishments of African American Women – some whose names are still famous today, and some who have been forgotten.

Preceding that, Native American educator and performer, Dennis Rogers, will return to the high school with his self-esteem building message.

During blocks 1-4 in the student union, he will be demonstrating traditional Navajo sand painting, an art he learned from his father. Students will have the opportunity to watch Rogers paint as he delivers his anti-bullying message.

This year, Rogers will also be presenting to Heart of the Lakes Elementary and Prairie Wind Middle School students. This will take place on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m.  As he delivers his message of the importance of education, esteem building, and anti-bullying, his performance will feature songs in English, such as “Spirit Dancer,” by the country band Black Hawk, with which Rogers  has been performing for 13 years.

World Cultures Day will feature presenters from the  countries of South America, the Philippines, Russia, Mexico, Spain, Denmark, Bosnia, Antarctica, and experts in the resettlement of new immigrants to America.

The community is invited to attend this special day of learning at PHS.

All visitors are asked to check in with the high school office on arrival.