Student Experience New Cultures at Jordan Creek

Colombian Mochila

Jordan Creek sixth graders show off their Colombian Mochilas.

Jordan Creek Elementary held its annual Multicultural Day today through funding from its Parent Faculty Club. Students enjoyed presentations one half of the day and then had their classroom Valentine’s Day parties the other half of the day.

The PFC worked with CULTUREALL, an Iowa-based non-profit, to bring in presenters from all cultures. Students learned about rural schools in India, Mexican art, Chinese games, Aboriginal storytelling and art, life in Nigeria, Korean games, the ancient art of Mehndi, Bollywood dancing and Arabic calligraphy.

First grader Britney Block’s favorite part of the day was listening to a story about a spider that lives in Africa during the Around the World in 80 Tales session taught by professional storyteller Maureen Korte.

Mexican Tin Art

First graders were shown how to create Mexican tin art.

“We worked on our Mochila,” said sixth grader Tyler Bruinekool. “You draw symbols that represent you on them.”

The Colombian Mochila, or knapsack, is a symbol of creativity, wisdom and connection with nature for the people of Colombia. Instructor Paula Leal, a native Colombian, introduced the students to the Mochila and how the shapes, and colors in the fabrics symbolize flowers, pathways, water and other elaborate designs that increase their value.

“This is an excellent day for Jordan Creek students of all ages to celebrate the arts and get an appreciation for different cultures,” said Assistant Principal Graham Jones. “The Jordan Creek staff and community would like to thank  our PFC for making it a great day of learning for our students.”