DECATUR – With students representing over 20 countries, Johns Hill Magnet School is showcasing their culture, along with their science program.
During their annual Science Fair and Multicultural Night, students brought exhibits sharing what they have learned through their classes. One half of the event was the Science Fair in which 30 participants brought exhibits covering many science topics.
“We have science fair exhibits from the kids along with inertia games from my 8th graders,” says physics teacher Mrs. Bartimus. “We set up games so the younger group of students can learn about physics and gravity and things of that nature.”
The other half was the Cultural Arts portion, as JHMS supports English as a Second Language, or ESL, students. Representing so many different cultures, so and so says it is important for the students to share and learn about their classmate’s backgrounds.
“I think in a community our size, it is pretty amazing to have such a depth of diversity here,” says arts teacher Mrs. Ganley. “We embrace having new cultures here – it’s really what we are all about and the students love it.”
Students of all levels participated, earning medals for their science exhibits, and stickers were given out for students who “traveled the world.” Mia, a student with Dominican heritage, says it helps her get to know her fellow students.
“I think the science and multicultural fair is really great,” she said. “I’m glad I got to dance with my Hispanic culture club and show a bit about our backgrounds.”