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Celebration of Cultures

On December 17th, 2014, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM, the BFHS Parent Teacher Association, in conjunction with the BFHS Student Leadership group and the BFHS Social Studies Department, hosted a BFHS CELEBRATION OF CULTURES!

Brooklyn Frontiers High School was excited to recognize and celebrate the diverse cultures represented throughout our school community.  During the Celebration, students, parents, and staff had an opportunity to teach others about the cultures that are important to them.  Each parent/student/staff that signed up received a table, and each table was a celebration of their culture!  Tables were covered with finger foods!, flags!, memories!, maps!, pictures!, traditional objects!, information!, music!, everything!

Cultures represented included:  Haitian Culture, Ghanaian/African Culture, Puerto Rican Culture, the Culture of the Dominican Republics, Guyanese Culture, Trinidadian Culture, Jamaican Culture, Jewish-American Culture, Italian-American Culture, Israeli Culture, and Mexican Culture, Brazilian Culture, and Rastafarian Culture.  There was dancing, loads of amazing food, and even a Capoeira performance by Omulu Capoeira!  The gym was decorated with all the flags of the world.

We’ve never seen so many people in our gym!  Probably over 120 people attended!  Each person who came in got a passport and, if they got stamps from all the tables, they were entered into a raffle at the end of the night.  The feeling in the room was one of a big family of proud human beings, celebrating and loving what makes us different, and celebrating and loving what makes us all the same!

We all truly learned about the diverse, deep, and amazing cultures that come together to make up our community here at BFHS!  One love!

Thanksgiving Celebration

The yearly Brooklyn Frontiers High School Thanksgiving Celebration took place on November 26th, 2014 and was AMAZING!!! The gym looked magical, decorated with the paper chains, homemade centerpieces, and We Are Thankful For birds made by all the student groups. In all, for the 3rd Annual Group Paper Chain contest, the groups created 8,662 links! The winner of the contest was Kelly’s group with 1,470 links followed closely by Raylene’s group with 1,238 links. (Last year’s winners, Christine’s group, presented the golden paper chain to Kelly’s group at their pizza party.)DSCF7084Even better than the decorations was the spirit. Student Leadership set the tone with a kind welcome and a Gratefulness display. Student representatives from each group read poems or essays on the subject of what they were thankful for. Students spoke about what our community means to them, thanked the staff for seeing them and never giving up, and spoke about the bond they felt to each other.DSCF7091Christine’s group surprised her with birthday wishes. Between all of these speeches, students from M&M’s American Sign Language Class signed an ASL translation of popular songs. It was AWESOME!!! Students erupted with applause when Elijah W. signed along with “I Believe I Can Fly!” All student performers were excellent: funny and heartfelt. The BFHS band brought it all home.
As usual, staff and students alike brought in tons of food: turkey, stuffing, rice, kung pao chicken provided by the DOE, cupcakes in the shapes of turkeys, banana pudding, everything! Everyone left stuffed and content.

Our community is growing. For our first graduating class of 2015, this was their last Thanksgiving at BFHS. For our new students, this was their first. But, all together, we are building rock-solid traditions and a foundation that cannot be shaken.

Happy Thanksgiving to every, single person in the BFHS family.