Parents and children from the community are invited to attend Multicultural Night at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School, which will highlight 35 of the ethnic backgrounds represented by the students of the school. The event will be held Thurs., April 7, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the main gym of the school, 272 Morris Ave. in Summit.
“An exciting evening has been planned,” said LCJSMS Principal Matt Block. “Ethnic food from various countries spanning six continents as well as a full array of entertainment to celebrate Summit’s ethnic diversity will be featured.”
More than 100 students have volunteered to bring food from their own ethnic backgrounds, and several crafts and artifacts will also be on display.
“The faculty and administrators who have initiated this event hope to see a wealth of ethnic pride and identity displayed by our students and their families,” said French teacher Mary Lockshin, one of the initiators of the event. “Our heritages are very rich and deserve to be celebrated and appreciated.”
Other staff members coordinating the event are guidance counselors Cristina Martinez and Stefanie Jurista, teachers Suanne Benowitz, Carolyn Mozes, Melissa Sarracino, Theresa Martin, and Joelle Minet, along with Mr. Block and Assistant Principal Jeff Heaney.
Entertainment performances will include African American Step Dancing, directed by LCJSMS teacher Dr. Steffany Henion; Irish Step Dancing; American folk music played on guitar by students; choral arrangements sung by the school’s Bel Canto ensemble, directed by teacher Christopher Wolff; a drama improvisation, directed by teachers Ron Wells and Jamie Walters; a string performance, conducted by teacher Joann Manhardt, and Asian Indian dancing.