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Dim sum: A tale of acceptance

Dim sum: A tale of acceptance

Monday, June 03, 2013
Categories: Happenings @ TDSB

This letter was written by parent Teresa Campbell

My children both attend a small community school here in Toronto, Ogden Junior Public School.  I recently went on a school field trip that brought tears to my eyes and wanted to share this experience.

As this school is located in Chinatown, my children have the opportunity to be part of the International Languages Elementary (ILE) Program, which means they are learning to speak Mandarin. As part of the education curriculum, the children from grades 1-6 went for Dim Sum.

Having 150 students from various ethnic backgrounds, and 20 teachers and volunteers, all celebrating culture, eating with chop sticks and practicing their Mandarin was an amazing sight. It started with all 150 students singing a song in Mandarin and then a feast for the children.

To see the acceptance and willingness of these children to embrace other cultures, taste new foods, have new experiences and to build community was incredible.

This is a reflection on the teaching staff and administration at this school. Through their actions they are teaching the children about acceptance, tolerance, caring and providing them opportunities.  I am so thankful for the staff, for their hard work and dedication to these students.

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