Burnsville High School will host its second annual Multicultural Night on Friday, Feb. 16 from 6-9 p.m. in the school’s commons area and Mraz Center, located at 600 Hwy. 13. The event is free and open to the public.
There will be food representing various cultures offered in the commons from 6-6:45 p.m., with special performances, dances, poetry and a fashion show featured in the Mraz Center from 7-8:45 p.m.
The idea for Multicultural Night stemmed from the desire to celebrate the school’s diversity.
"I wanted to create a night that brought individuals from different backgrounds together, in a night where we celebrated what made them unique," said BHS senior Amal Mohamed, president of the Muslim Student Association and lead organizer of the event. “We have such a variety of cultural dances ranging from the traditional Somali Dhaanto to hip-hop performances. Seeing so many students dedicated to sharing with the community a piece of their culture in whichever artistic manner that suits them is the best part of the event!”
Morgan Stampley, a District 191 African-American Cultural Liaison who is mentoring the students and helping them plan and organize the event, believes that every school should have some type of show like this to celebrate the diversity among their students.
“As students move beyond high school and college into the workplace, they will enter jobs that require not only critical thinking skills, but also acceptance of others' differences,” said Stampley. “Students who learn to accept others of different cultures will have success in the diverse workforce they will find themselves in as adults. Over the last few months, these students have been collaborating with over 100 of their peers to put this celebration together ... and I can’t wait to see it all come together.”
Burnsville High School is committed to building a strong community of students, teachers, staff and families that makes it clear to each student that they are valued and welcome. BHS is a diverse community, with each student bringing unique experiences and perspectives. That cultural richness is part of what will help each student be #FutureReady.