The sounds of Mariachi music, the smells of egg rolls and tamales and discussions of immigration, racial profiling and cultural differences will all be a part of the eighth Diversity Day to be observed Feb. 7 at Storm Lake High School.
The public is invited to join over 900 students and school personnel in celebrating Storm Lake's growing diversity through entertaining assemblies, mini-course presentations and discussion groups, an ethnic food fair and international festival.
The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the SLHS gymnasium where local Latino group "Aromas Y Raices" and SLHS's newly formed Mariachi band will get things going with some hot salsa music followed by an issues drama presented by Storm Lake and Sioux City drama students. The opening assembly will include an Afro-Brazilian martial arts form called Capoeira by Cordao de Ouro Capoeira Cedar Valley.
Four mini course sessions of 55 minutes each will follow the opening assembly featuring over 100 topics to choose from addressing such topics as immigration, hate crimes and racial profiling, acquaintance rape, art of yodeling, gang trends, mental illness, Islamic beliefs, supporting Sudan, eating disorders, salsa dance, rendezvous-mountain man traditions, celebrating differences and valuing diversity.
A closing celebration at 2 p.m. in the SLHS gym will feature a return of Ballet Folkloric Mexico Hermanos Avila performing colorful and entertaining dances of Aztec and Mexican heritage.
Don't miss a stop in the student center for a taste of the International Food Fair, with special international entertainments.