Yonkers elementary school celebrates a multi-cultural holiday

December 21, 2012 by  

To honor the diversity of the student body at Yonkers School 9, the school hosted a multi-cultural holiday assembly. The assembly taught students about the history and meaning of a number of winter holidays, including Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

The holiday assembly featured music from Beth and Scott Bierkob – a duo who sing and play their own instruments. The Bierkos led students from pre-kindergarten to sixth grade in a number of popular and less well-known songs, including ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘This is Hannukkah’. According to Scott Bierko, the interactive format of the assembly makes it a lot easier for students to absorb information and really learn. The Bierkos have been performing at school assemblies, teaching students about the winter holidays, since 1993.

Yonkers School 9 held the assembly because it is striving to teach children to respect different cultures. The school also hopes to teach students about the value of giving to others and giving back during the holiday season. By holding the assembly and celebration, it hopes to teach students the importance of different cultural celebrations. Holding a multi-cultural assembly at School 9 is also important because the student body is so diverse and is made up of students from a range of different cultural backgrounds.

The school could have made use of a Yonkers printing company to produce programs for the assembly or to print a banner to decorate the school’s auditorium during the event. Students from the school were quite happy with the assembly. Ten-year-old Taliyah Pemberton said that the event was so much fun, she did not feel that she was learning.