World Celebration Day Returns for a Second Year

On Friday, April 19, 2024, the Shore community gathered for the second World Celebration Day. Presented by the Shore Families Association’s Committee on Representation and Equity (CORE), the event was born out of the idea that the unique cultures, traditions, and heritage of Shore families be celebrated excitingly and inclusively to foster a sense of belonging and pride. After last year's success, World Celebration Day returned bigger and better than ever.

The interactive event was set up in the Howard Gym, with members of the Shore community creating table displays representing countries important to them. The cultures and traditions explored nearly doubled from last year's event with Botswana, Brazil, Cape Verde, China and Hong Kong, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Italy/Rome, Greece, Guinea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Pakistan, and Peru all being represented. There was even a table to celebrate Earth!

Throughout the day, groups of students came to explore the displays, chat with volunteers, learn about the world around them, collect souvenirs, and fill up mock passports with stamps from each destination.

Veera Farhan P'28, '31, and Sara Tollerud P'29, '34 are the co-chairs of CORE and reflected on the event continuing another year.

“We’ve seen so many excited kids come through,” said Tollerud before going on to thank all of the parent and caregiver volunteers and faculty and staff volunteers for helping to make World Celebration Day a success. “We are so grateful to everyone who helped us put this together.”

Farhan added “this is the very best part of Shore. Bringing people together and making everyone feel really proud to be a part of this community. We are so excited to have everyone join us again next year!”

In addition to the table displays, an expansive and authentic global menu was developed by Chef Laura Wood and her team for students and families to enjoy.

“This year we have 13 countries being represented with food from each being served at lunch,” said Wood. “Last year’s lunch was well attended by the community and the kids really got in the spirit of the day and tried many new things!”

Later in the afternoon, the Shore community welcomed Odaiko New England, a Japanese drumming group, for a special performance in the Trustey Family Theatre. After a rousing show with their impressive drums, students joined the drummers on stage, testing out the physicality of Taiko drumming.

Thank you to all who helped make World Celebration Day a success! Interested in getting involved with CORE? Click here or read below.

2023-2024 CORE Committee Co-Chairs
Veera Farhan P'28, '31
Sara Tollerud P'29, '34
CORE Mission Statement
Our mission is to create a safe space for the Shore community to gather with the shared purpose of fostering a sense of belonging. Leading with the belief that diversity, inclusivity, equity and justice are essential in achieving this goal, we strive to build a school culture that understands the uniqueness of our community and values our differences. Whether related to race, ethnicity, accessibility, gender, learning style, family structure or sexual orientation, we believe it is vital to find intentional ways to grow in our understanding and support of each other. Our goal is to unflinchingly challenge our own biases and educate ourselves to learn about one another. 

We seek to empower our community to live authentically by amplifying historically marginalized voices. Diversity is a fact, but inclusion is a choice. It is our belief that when we all feel seen and heard, we can generate a movement of inclusion where we can be valued, understood, and celebrated. 

CORE Goals
  • Educate parents and caregivers by providing DEIJ resources and information.
  • Provide a safe space for community connections and conversations.
  • Support DEIJ work at Shore Country Day School.
  • Promote a school culture that celebrates our multiculturalism and diversity.

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