Celebrating Diversity in Half Hollow Hills

PTA Council hosts 12th Annual Unity Fair at High School West.

The Half Hollow Hills School District embraced its diversity on Sunday through dance, musical performances and art during the 12th Annual Unity Fair at , hosted by the PTA Council diversity commitee.

This year’s theme was "D’ARTSity," with a special focus on the artistic talents of students.

The focus of the event is to educate students on the multi-cultural society they live in to be well-adjusted citizens in today’s global society. Co-chairs Parish Swaby and Michele Cole began the festivities with an inspirational video featuring Candlewood eigth grader, Jake Willinger. Following, was a moving tribute to Whitney Houston, sang by sophomore Ashley Crocker-Benn.

The day included international entertainment, cultural crafts, foods from around the world, and more. Performances included the Venettes Cultural Workshop, Hills West AASO, Wranglerettes, Cheerleaders, and Steppers, Tri-M Music Society, Candlewood’s Jazz Band, West Hollow’s Sweet Sixteeners Choral Ensemble, Vanderbilt’s new Vocal Jazz group, Hills Idols, Chinese School of Dance, Hills on Stage, Taiko Drums of Japan, Hills East’s Hip-hoppers and Indian Club, Jenna Rose from West Hollow, and more.

Craft activities sponsored by various clubs and organizations included button-making, face painting, beading, flower pot decoration, masks, and valentine cards.

*Article and photos courtesy of Felice Kristall.


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