March 22, 2018
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Diversity Day celebrates learning beyond traditional school topics

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NORTH ANSON, Maine — On Monday, April 22, Carrabec High School will host presenters from throughout the community willing to share a wealth of cultural knowledge with students and staff.

Professional actors, Abbe museum staff, artists, and a Holocaust survivor are among those who will convene in North Anson for the all day special event designated “Diversity Day.”

The event coincides this year with Earth Day, and a panel discussion on Ground Water in Maine will kick off the day in the library. Students from the Environmental Science elective recently succeeded in a grant proposal to purchase refillable metal water bottles for all students and staff, and they will moderate the discussion. The panel consists of representatives from Defending Water for Life, the U.S. Geological Survey, Poland Springs/Nestle Corp. and a local water testing expert, and audience questions will be part of the discussion.

At 9 a.m., all students and staff will attend a performance of the play “I Am The Brother of Dragons” presented by the Penobscot Theatre Company. Centering on issues of how substance abuse affects families and individuals, the play has been performed in many locations to critical acclaim. Clinicians from Acadia Hospital travel with the actors and engage small groups in reflective discussions following the presentation of the play.

George Neptune, an educator for the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, will present language and basket traditions handed down through generations among the Passamaquoddy people. A session on Local Food will see presentations on heirloom seed saving by Maria Reynolds and Mike Bowman of Groundswell Farms in Solon, and Jake Savage of Fedco, a national seed and tree supplier in Benton. Local nutrition educator and nurse practitioner Lyra Love of Skowhegan Family Medicine will present a session on raw foods, juicing, and making delicious smoothies.

Other topics to be covered include ending the use of hurtful language, safe and environmentally sound hunting methods, gourmet cooking on a budget, and healthy dating practices.

Diversity Day was organized to support MSAD 74’s bullying prevention initiative, by increasing awareness and celebrating tolerance of diverse cultures and people within the school community.