Students Participate in School-wide Festival of Colors
Students at ESBOCES Brookhaven Learning Center (BLC) participated in their own Holi celebration on campus as part of their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (DEI) initiatives. BLC strives to create a welcoming, affirming environment, raise awareness and educate about various abilities and cultures, and provide an inclusive curriculum.
Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, is a popular Hindu holiday that ushers in the spring season and is celebrated most commonly in India. Brightly colored powders and liquids are used to throw and smear on the clothes and faces of relatives and friends. BLC teachers and staff dressed in white clothing to provide a canvas for the students to drench them with color throughout the event. Each color carries a meaning; for example, red symbolizes love while green stands for new beginnings.
Prior to the celebration, students visited an exhibit within BLC entitled “This is Us” to see and feel authentic Indian attire. Classes also participated in an interactive lesson about the holiday and read the book Amma Tell Me About Holi! by Bhakti Mathur. School Social Worker Robin Wolpert coordinated the event, and the accompanying learning opportunities, with the BLC DEI team. The team was inspired by Indian BLC families and staff members who shared how their culture could be represented within the school community.
Eastern Suffolk BOCES continually strives to develop awareness around issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity. ESBOCES Brookhaven Learning Center, located in Bellport, NY, is a secondary school that empowers students to develop functional academic, personal, and pre-vocational skills.