Diversity & Inclusion
The Garrett Park Elementary PTA
is proud to have an active committee
dedicated to Diversity and Inclusion.
Our school has students who have
lived around the world, and who
speak multiple languages at home.
Our diversity is yet another reason
why we love Garrett Park Elementary
Here's a sample of what our committee has been working on:
Our most popular event is International Night, which features cultures represented in our school, cultural performances, global recipes, and more. We celebrated this event in a variety of ways throughout the month of April. Learn more about this event.
In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, we hosted an Online Storytime Event featuring a diverse group of stories read by GPES teachers and staff.
An additional Storytime event was held in conjunction with National Native American Heritage Month.
During the week of Thanksgiving, the PTA invited a Native American storyteller to tell the story of The Three Sisters during an online assembly.
To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, students participated in the morning announcements, talking about three women from Maryland who were involved in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Students talked about these heroes and briefly reflected on the stories.
In honor of Black History Month in February, we celebrated the creativity and achievements of black poets and authors with, among other activities, a poetry slam featuring students. To learn more about this event and view the poetry slam recording, click here.
For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, we invited GPES family members to do a live or recorded reading of stories celebrating Asian American or Pacific Islander heritage for our students.
On Wednesday, May 19th, we hosted "Growing Our Kids and Our Community Through Anti-Racism Work" with Amber Coleman-Mortley. You can find the presentation here.
For LGBTQ+ Pride Month in June, we produced the resource document Ways to Honor Pride Month.
We invite you to contact our co-chairs Dana Goodson and Eddine Mureke and join our efforts to celebrate our wonderfully diverse students and community.