Expo held at four school sites; Attendees learned about the various cultures of DPS including Latino/Latina, Bangladeshi, Hmong, African, African-American and Middle Eastern
Students, parents and residents from across the district were invited to attend the second annual Taste of DPS Multicultural Expo on August 23, 2013 where attendees enjoyed foods, sights and sounds from the varying cultures representing Detroit Public Schools including Latino/Latina, Bangladeshi, Hmong, African, African-American and Middle Eastern.
During the expo, guests experienced international cultures, received exciting gifts from community partners, and had the opportunity to eat lunch at each school.
Menu offerings included: “Hopping John” black-eyed peas, representing the African-American culture; Red Beans, representing Latino culture; Spicy Red Beans, representing the East Indian culture; and Fasolia, a kidney bean dish from the Middle Eastern cultures. All food samples were vegetarian dishes and were be served with rice.
The ethnicities that were represented at each school site included:
- Roberto Clemente Academy, the Latino/Latina culture was explored with food, artwork, gifts and more.
- Detroit International Academy, students and parents experienced Bangladeshi and Hmong cultures.
- Marcus Garvey Academy, attendees enjoyed the sights and sounds of African and African-American cultures.
- Priest Elementary-Middle School, students and parents learned about Middle Eastern cultures.
Other attractions during the Taste of DPS Multicultural Day included:
- Gleaners Food Bank provided a free food distribution at Priest and Marcus Garvey Academy.
- Tender Care Mobile Dentist provided free basic dental care at Roberto Clemente Academy.
- A mini workshop was held at Detroit International Academy titled, “Gardens to Go.” Participants received free fruit and vegetable seeds.
- Free immunizations were offered at Marcus Garvey, sponsored by St. John Providence Community Health.