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Diversity Day

posted Apr 21, 2010, 1:51 PM by tracy smith   [ updated May 14, 2010, 8:10 AM ]
Diversity Day 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010 was Diversity Day at Kennedy and Jefferson High Schools. The City of Bloomington and Bloomington Public Schools and several community organizations and local businesses worked collaboratively to plan this great event. This year’s activities included 4 performances by the Mayhem Poets sponsored by the Bloomington Human Rights Commission and Office of Educational Equity. The Mayhem Poets are based in New York City and perform for all ages from preschools to nursing homes. They use spoken word poetry to promote understanding and acceptance of one another and to raise awareness on current issues. The entire student body at each school saw a performance and the response was phenomenal. The students were able to relate to the messages and several commented on the Mayhem Poets Facebook page.

Comments made on Facebook.

"I loved you guys so much! I hope I get to see you guys again"

"YOU GUYS WERE AWSOME! i related somewhat to a lot of your poems, and I learned something, keep traveling and telling showing people your talent!"

"Thanks for coming to Kennedy !!!"

"very entertaining. very deep. i loved it. thanks for coming!"

In addition to the Mayhem Poets performances a peace run, walk and roll was also planned with the assistance of the Human Services Division, Police Department, Allina Health Systems and several community volunteers. The peace run did not take place due to rain and cold temperatures which was disappointing to the 860 students registered to participate. There was also a water station planned at Old Town Hall that would have included volunteers from the Bloomington Historical Society, Hillcrest Community School, Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, and older adults from Creekside Community Center.

Students and community organizations, including BSCO, also hosted exhibitor booths representing different cultures.

Diversity Day originally began as a school event at Jefferson and through the years has grown into a large community event. The contributions from the school district Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, Chipotle Mexican Grille, Bloomington Historical Society, Edition III, Richfield Bloomington Credit Union and the city have been instrumental in its growth.

Diversity Day will be held on May 7, 2011.