Mansfield ISD Magazine Spring 2016 - Page 7

A Celebration of Diversity M any drums. One beat. That’s the theme for the Mansfield ISD Multicultural Festival, and the strength of the district’s diversity was seen in every ethnic cuisine, performance, and activity that was on display for the event. An estimated 6,000 people were in attendance on Feb. 27 to embrace the various cultures represented within the MISD community. Participants were welcomed into the MISD Center for the Performing Arts by praise dancing. Once inside, there was a live wax museum of students representing historical figures from all backgrounds, and a variety of activities that highlighted the culture of different nations. Two members of the dance ministry at Bethlehem Baptist Church strike a pose after their performance. “It was fun!” said Grace Anthony, fourth grader at Annette Perry Elementary School who was with her classmate Abby Mincer. “We went around to the different areas to play the games and activities.” The definite fan favorite was all the free food samples that were prepared by the Ben Barber Career and Technology Academy culinary students. “I definitely enjoyed all the food tasting,” said first- time attendee Tricia Grinolds. “I kept going back to the Cuba booth for their food and that virgin mojito drink.” Students dressed up as historical figures in the live wax museum display. Event coordinator Lynn Wilkie said the MISD Multicultural Fest is one of her favorites because she gets to see how unique everyone is, while still coming together as a district. “We are all MISD,” said Wilkie. “I love seeing every campus, department, and community member come together and be proud of where they came from. We had a great turnout, and I’m grateful to everyone who helped make this event a success.” The Multicultural Festival started in 2013 as a way to educate the community of the various cultures within MISD in a fun and interactive way. The event has grown every year since then. Several activities were available to participants, including mask making. Mansfield School & Family 5