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2016 Celebration of Us

On November 30, 2016, the Marcia Martin Unity/Diversity Committee held another spectacular "Celebration of Us" diversity event for the whole community!

The event featured performances from a variety of dance and chorus groups, exhibit tables from North Allegheny student groups and community organizations, and multiple food truck vendors.

Amanda Mathieson, Principal of Hosack Elementary School and Chair of the Marcia Martin Unity/Diversity Committee, said, "After seeing the incredible response from the community after our first 'Celebration of Us' last year, we soon realized the event would need a larger venue to accommodate the many student and community groups who were excited to share their resources and educate the public through cultural awareness."

"The people who make up the North Allegheny community are more diverse than ever before in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, physical abilities, religious beliefs, socio-economic status and much more," Dr. Robert Scherrer, Superintendent of Schools, said. "The 'Celebration of Us' event is just one way the District continues to provide our students with the resources and experiences to become culturally responsive citizens who recognize, accept and celebrate the many ways we are all different."

CLICK HERE to view a video for the event created by student Grant Russell, which showcases the wonderful differences here at NA!

Keynote Speaker:
Lisa Washington – Emmy-nominated host, journalist at KDKA-TV

Master of Ceremonies:
Jaime Martinez – Student at NA Intermediate High School

Performances:
Rowan Guillinger sings "National Anthem"
NASD Orff Ensemble presents "Summer Sounds"
Pittsburgh Chinese Association Youth Center presents "Kungfu Dragon"
Steel Pan presents "Barrels to Beethoven"
Harp by Ai-Lin Chen
The Pittsburgh Korean Women's Chorale
NASH Vocal Group
NASH String Quartet
Dramatic Prose by Samir Yellapragada
Pittsburgh Chinese Joy Dance Group
Uncle Carl and Friends of Emmaus
North Allegheny High School Fashion Club
Natyakriya presents "Thillana"
Global Leadership Certificate Students: Stars of the Documentary: Around the World in Pittsburgh

Exhibit Tables:
NASD Student Groups/Organizations:
NAI and NASH Multicultural Student Union
Italian Club
Spanish Club
North Allegheny Fashion Club
Teaching Peace Initiative
Best Buddies
Origami Club
Henna Club
German Club
NASH Interact Club

Community Groups/Organizations/Resources:
Barrels to Beethoven
Ten Thousand Villages
Global Leadership Certificate/NA Model United Nations
Persad Center
Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh
Center for Hearing & Deaf Services, Inc.
Pittsburgh Chinese Joy Dance Group
Pittsburgh Chinese Association Youth Center
Jewish Family & Children's Service/Immigrant Services and Connections
PFLAG
Japan-American Society of Pennsylvania

Food Trucks:
Pittsburgh Crepes
Las Chicas
Burgh Bites
Franktuary
PGH Halal Food Truck

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