Celebrating Cultures

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The district recently hosted their annual English as a New Language Family Night at Ronkonkoma Middle School, inviting ENL students and families throughout the district for a night full of fun, dancing, delicious food and cultural appreciation.

Members of the Connetquot High School Civic Club volunteered throughout the course of the night, as they hosted an arts and crafts session with the younger students in attendance and assisted with the setup of the evening’s activities.

Christina Ladick of the Connetquot Public Library was also in attendance to share information about all of the services that the library has to offer, and led a workshop for parents titled “Online Access to the Connetquot Public Library.” Mrs. Ladick also provided attendees with a meaningful tutorial on library website resources for parents and their children. There were also handouts available that described the ENL program and services that Connetquot Public Library offers.

The attendees were also able to enjoy delicious foods, consisting of elements of different cultures, such as fried rice, empanadas and pizza.

“In an increasingly global world, it is important for teachers, administrators, community members, and students to come together to experience each other and learn about various cultures,” said Denise Hannaoui, Director of ENL/World Languages. “This event is just one of many that has successfully brought us together and I thank all of our ENL teachers who collaborated to bring this wonderful night to fruition.”