Every year Clayton Early Learning celebrates the diverse cultures of our staff, students, and families in our schools and home based programs with our annual Culture Night. This year’s event will be on December 16th and the central theme of the event is food with a focus on traditional recipes submitted by our community. The five course tasting while occur in various classrooms and gives Clayton families and staff the opportunity to come together to explore the culture and journeys of those around us.
Food intersects between all things culture, and each culture tells a story of history, struggle and progress. “Food is our common ground, a universal experience” said James Beard, an American cookbook author and columnist. This year the tables at Culture Night will have cards with conversation starters to prompt discussion about what food means for our own families and ways food links cultures. Some of these questions listed below you can also use with your own families during the holidays:
- Where does this dish come from?
- What makes this dish important to your family?
- When do you typically eat this dish?
- Was this dish passed down by someone in your family, or is it new?
- What dishes do you look forward to eating the most around the holidays?
Clayton Early Learning is an inclusive school that places a strong emphasis on diversity. We see differences as an opportunity for growth and learning and Culture Night proves one way to create this honorable space. By modeling this for children, we give them another way to get that head start to success in the future in an increasingly diverse world. Cesar Chavez said, “if you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.”
We look forward to eating with you on December 16th from 4:30-6:30pm!