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With Upper Darby Students Speaking 84 Different Languages and Dialects, Event and Art Contest Will Celebrate Diversity & Community as Part of International Mother Language Day

UPPER DARBY, Pa. – Upper Darby Township, the Upper Darby School District, and the Upper Darby Multicultural Commission have teamed up to host an event marking International Mother Language Day to celebrate the diversity of culture, rich traditions, and multilingualism of township residents. Upper Darby Township is unique in its level of diversity, with students speaking 84 different languages and dialects.

At the event, students from Beverly Hills Middle School, Drexel Hill Middle School, and Upper Darby High School will show off their artwork, which celebrates the importance of diversity and unity with the theme “from many countries, regions, and places, we are one community.” Winners of the student art contest will be announced at the event. The township’s fifth annual IMLD celebration will take place Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Beverly Hills Middle School from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WHAT

International Mother Language Day

WHO

Upper Darby Mayor Thomas N. Micozzie
Nate Goodson, Chairman Multicultural Commission
Greg Manfre, Director of Student Affairs and ELL Services, Upper Darby School District
Upper Darby School District students (interviews available

WHEN

Sunday, February 26, 2017
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE

Beverly Hills Middle School
1400 Garrett Rd.
Upper Darby, PA 19082

MORE

UNESCO has observed International Mother Language Day (IMLD) every year since February 2000 to “promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.”

http://www.un.org/en/events/motherlanguageday/