We had the opportunity to see a remarkable performance by refugee and evacuee students at J.P. McCaskey High School on May 23. Students from Puerto Rico, Nepal, the Dominican Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Uganda danced and sang in their cultural style and language for other students at the high school. This was the third performance for various lunch groups. Earlier in the week, it was performed for students at McCaskey East. This is an attempt to show indigenous students what other cultures are like and to further integrate these young men and women with their fellow students. It was a professional performance!
Later, students walked around to various “tribal boards” with information, representing Puerto Rico, Congo, Tanzania, Rwanda and Guatemala. The teachers who tirelessly organized and planned this event did a magnificent job, too! As a former grad of McCaskey (Class of ’48), I marveled at the wonderful changes — then there were very few minority students or those from other countries. Today, more than 50 languages are spoken in the School District of Lancaster and more than 500 students are refugees. All this is an example of how great America is. Diversity makes us great! We commend Lancaster County for welcoming refugees from other lands and cultures. Their parents can be proud of these young men and women. We are, too!
The Rev. Bob and Peggy Hannum
East Hempfield Township