Education

Student Organizes Olean High School's First World Hijab Day Event

3e23c1c333e41b4f9f57_hijab__2_.JPG
Olean High School students wore hijabs in recognition of World HIjab Day on Feb. 1. Credits: Zayba Chauhdry
3e23c1c333e41b4f9f57_hijab__2_.JPG

OLEAN, NY--Approximately 30 students and several teachers participated in Olean High School's first World Hijab Day event Feb. 1.   

Founded by New York resident Nazma Khan in 2013, World Hijab Day began as an effort to "foster religious tolerance and understanding by inviting women (non-Hijabi Muslims/non-Muslims) to experience the hijab for one day," Khan told the World Hijab Day website.  

Since its advent, World Hijab Day has become a global success. Estimates suggest 190 countries participated in this year's event.  

Sign Up for E-News

Olean High School students count themselves among American participants for the first time.  

Organizer of the event, Olean High School junior, Zayba Chauhdry, felt this year, more than ever, the event would make a positive impact.  

"I wanted to do this event to stand up against bigotry and show solidarity in our school and community," Chauhdry said. "With what has happened in the past week, I thought it was vital that we should do this amazing event."  

Chauhdry felt that in a small community like Olean many people were unaware of what hijabs actually represent.   

"The definition of hijab is a head scarf," Chauhdry said. "Christians wear it, Jews wear it, nuns wear it. Mary, Jesus's mother, wore one. Why is it that when Muslim women wear hijabs people are scared and automatically stereotype them?" 

Chauhdry hoped participating in the event would help to minimize negative stigmas surrounding the traditional scarves.  

"A piece of cloth should most definitely not change someone's impression of you," Chauhdry said. "If this event changed anyone's perspective of women who wear hijabs in a good way, then I would feel that we accomplished something."  

Though many girls felt uncomfortable wearing hijabs, they offered words of encouragement and positivity to those participating, Chauhdry said.  

"It put a huge smile on my face," Chauhdry said. "This is what OHS is about—standing up for each other and showing our unity as a school. Hopefully, one day as a community and a nation."  

Chauhdry said she was thankful for the support she and her peers received and that she hopes this year marks the first of many World Hijab Days at OHS. 

"Even though I am only one person, I believe that I can make a change," Chauhdry said. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Greater Olean

Becoming English in 90 Minutes

It was our first day in the country. The smell of fish'n chips filled the air, and the Wig and Pen was the place to be as England prepared to take on Sweden in the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup on Saturday.  Wearing blue and yellow was a death sentence. The streets were lined with fans dressed in red who stood in pub lines extending for blocks. We had one goal: Convince the locals ...

Understanding the Tough Times at The Buffalo News Can Lead to Brighter Future for the Newspaper 

Given the fiscal state of the news industry, the changes underway at The Buffalo News are not unique. To offset revenue losses, newspapers across the nation have bid farewell to longtime reporters, eliminated once-popular sections and removed jobs that involved covering important beats, such as education, the environment and transportation. 

What makes the ...

Grandpa Practiced Sustainability

My grandpa was of the Depression Era. Sustainability wasn’t “a thing” back then — it was just the way you lived. Though he was raised in a time when you were thankful to be able to put a good meal on the table, he likely had a standard of life that we would consider average or middle class today. He didn’t grow up in a slum or shanty town, but he did understand the ...

Upcoming Events

Wed, July 18, 1:00 PM

Olean Public Library, Olean

Film Series: 'The Good Dinosaur'

Arts & Entertainment

Wed, July 18, 5:30 PM

Olean Public Library, Olean

Olean Public Library Board of Trustees Monthly ...

Education

Wed, July 18, 6:30 PM

Olean Public Library, Olean

Shelf Space Book Club: 'The City & the City' by ...

Quick Center’s ArtMobile Embarks on 10th Year of Summer Visits to Area Libraries 

July 15, 2018

ST. BONAVENTURE, NY — The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University kicks off its 10-year anniversary this month participating in the National Summer Reading Program, making stops at public libraries across New York and Pennsylvania.

“This is one of the Quick Center’s most ambitious summers to date,” said Sean Conklin, assistant curator of the ...

Four area students receive Murphy scholarship

Four area high school graduates each recently received a $10,000 John J. Murphy Family Scholarship managed by the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.

Tyler Lashway of Port Allegany High School; Emily Rohrs and Anna Seamon, both of Allegany-Limestone Central School; and Olean High School’s Natalie Sova each received the John J. Murphy Family Scholarship.

The $10,000 scholarship is ...

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey

How often do you read TAPinto?  Have you downloaded the TAPinto APP?  These are a few of the questions for readers in our 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

We want to hear from you!

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will help TAPinto better serve you. 

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

Thank you.  We appreciate your support and ...

'A Day in the Life': One Transportation Supervisor Serves Portville and Olean

PORTVILLE, NY – A whiteboard with dozens of destinations and vehicle numbers written in various colors sits inside the Portville bus garage, ready to be changed at any moment. David Youngs, the transportation supervisor of the Portville and Olean School Districts, knows that before 2 almost every afternoon, he is likely to receive an email changing the entire meticulously planned ...

'A Day in the Life' Follows Della Moore of the African American Center for Cultural Development

OLEAN, NY – When Della Moore walks down the street, she greets everyone she passes and makes sure to ask, “How are you doing?” 

From the moment I joined her at the 7-Eleven on a cloudy, cold December morning until we finished making our stops along State and North Union streets, she remained ...

'Day in the Life' Follows Warehouse Selector Justus Elliot

OLEAN, NY -- For Justus Elliot, time and pace are essential. As a warehouse selector for Olean Wholesale Grocery Co-Op, most of the 21-year-old’s job calls for efficiency.

“Everything is time-based," Elliot explained. "One hundred percent is the norm, and it’s what we work for every day. If our score is less, then we are moving too slow, and we kick it into ...

Happy Veterans Day, Mom

What began as an attempt to boost her GPA soon turned into a 22-year career for my mom, Ramona Lee Discavage.

On the first day of her freshman year at St. Bonaventure University in 1989, members of the Army ROTC Seneca Battalion helped incoming freshmen move their stuff into their dorm rooms.  Afterward, they invited all of the freshmen to a lunch.

“When they described the ...

Lynn Kemp: ‘Best Soldier I Could Be’

Lynn Kemp is nearing 95 and knows he has lived a good life.

“The good Lord has been awful good to me,” recalled the lifelong resident of Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania. “I never refused an order. I tried to be the best soldier I could be. I don’t know what your relationship is with God, but mine is pretty close.”

Born Oct. 29, 1920, Lynn grew up in a home on Turkey ...

WW II museum provides role models for young people

When Steve Appleby asks area students if they know Snoop Dog, Eminem, Kanye West, the Kardashians, Parris Hilton or Miley Cyrus, they answer yes. Then Appleby will ask which of them knows Jason Dunham is, and the students will not have a clue.

Appleby will explain that Jason Dunham was a Marine from Scio, in Allegany County, New York, who was killed in Iraq in 2006 after jumping on a grenade ...