31 Dec Hope Hosts 4th Annual Holiday Showcase
The Hope middle school’s 4th Annual Holiday Showcase was once again a great way to end the 2018 calendar year. It opened with an introduction of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (Unity, Self-Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith), a secular holiday observed by many African Americans. This grounded the showcase in the cultural values of the African Diaspora. The evening’s festivities included demonstrations of Creativity through poetry readings, classical music, and traditional holiday songs played by 5th grade beginning and advanced violinists. The music presentations ended with a multi-grade choral recital of “Sweet Low, Swing Chariot.” The 7th grade girls who are members of Rising Queens shook the house with rousing step and dance performances. Much of the audience was brought to their feet. Our annual community celebration culminated in a feast, a bountiful potluck prepared by our Hope families.
In addition to the generosity of culinary gifts to the school community, middle schoolers demonstrated the spirit of Kwanzaa seven principles by contributing to those in need in Hope’s surrounding community. They collected toiletries for the St. John’s Hospice and also raised over $70 dollars for the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization that “challenges poverty and racial injustice and creates hope for marginalized communities.” Through this celebration of Kwanzaa, we are continuing to teach members of the Hope community to have Faith in their power to make positive contributions to society.