Spring Street Indian Festival

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To conduct a series of activities highlighting the culture and traditions of India. These included:
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lessons on Indian arts and crafts professional development for the staff fundraising activity for Akshaya Patra school-wide Indian Festival. This project was influenced by my studies and travel with Primary Source.
Rangoli design created and designed by community volunteers

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This project was possible by of an Arts Grant from Target. The grant was written by Barbara Luby and Sally Lividini

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Staff and students made soup bowls that were sold for a small donation to support the work of Akshaya Patra. This served the purpose of increasing awareness of the issue of poverty in India and promoting our school’s core values.

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Each grade created artwork based on the arts and crafts of India Kindergarten Henna hand designs Grade 1 made designs based on the interior mosaics in the Jaipur Sheesh Mahal Grade 2 created paper dolls dressed in traditional Indian clothing Grade 3 drew small animal pictures in Madhubani style Grade 4 painted Miniature paintings with a Jaipur government seal and interested 4th grade students did several before school projects.

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Large Madhabani Mural Bandahani and block printed cloth Rajahastan marionettes Rangolis

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Target grant along with the hard work of many parents and staff created an event to remember.

All guests were met by student greeters, reminding me of the students who greeted us at the schools we visited on our Primary Source sponsored tour of India.

Spring Street Teachers with their daughters

The parents not only used their contacts in the community but shared clothing and artifacts to bring a taste of India to our school.

Members of a local Cricket team volunteered to work with Spring Street Students

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The highlight of the day! Everyone wanted to get a Mehndi design.

A puppet show was presented by 4th grade students using the marionettes and set they created.

Families enjoying the food Our Cafeteria coordinator and the caterer from Bollywood Grille

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Students enjoyed playing the game of Carrom

A game of chess in progress

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Students write their names in Hindi script and our custodian works on a rangoli design

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Students had their picture taken in Indian clothing. Later, the Taj Mahal was digitally placed in the background by a Spring Street School alumnus.

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Spring Street students participated in before school dance classes and learned several Indian dances.

Grades 1 and 2

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One of the students did a traditional religious dance from Southern India for the audience.

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A parent, student and teacher fashion show was the finale of the day’s events.

A special thanks to TARGET for the generous grant Primary Source is thanked for the inspiration and information used to make this project successful Thanks to Shaila Verma for teaching our students Indian dance and organizing the fashion show. And a special thanks to the dedicated parents and siblings of Spring Street who made this event come alive. Thanks to Bollywood Grille for preparing a food of India tasting .

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