Springville Junior High School will be having a cultural assembly on November 22, during school hours. Assistant principal of SJHS, Mr. Dave Knudsen, said the idea for the assembly came from a high school he used to work at. Mr. Knudsen said, “The idea came about because the school leaders thought it would be a great idea to have students see what other cultures are like.” The idea also has to do with this year’s theme for reflections which is Diversity. Mr. David Hansen, history teacher at SJHS, is in charge of the assembly along with Mr. Knudsen. Students Klade Smith and Moroni Black are helping. According to Mr. Hansen, instead of just teaching about different cultures in class, they are going to have students show their culture in a creative way such as dance or music. Cultures such as Hispanic, Polynesian (Maori, Tongan), and folk music will be included in the assembly. The assembly will be set up the same way as the talent show last year.
The students that will be involved in the assembly think the assembly is a good idea. Tiana Taala, an eighth grader at SJHS who will be in the assembly, said, “I’m excited for the assembly because people don’t know about my culture and where we come from and what we do.” Klade Smith, ninth grader at SJHS who is helping Mr. Hansen put together the assembly, said, “Different cultures and citizens have to work together as one.”
The assembly is meant to show that all cultures have beauty and talent that needs to be appreciated by others, and it is vitally important that we know each other’s cultures and see everyone for who they are. Mr. Hansen said, “I think that the more we understand about people it helps us to appreciate who they are. We can then value their talents and values. We then will all get along better. We make a bigger circle of friends.”