Around the holiday time, it’s common to associate the season with Christmas celebration when there are 74 holidays celebrated in Dec. Christmas is the number one holiday celebrated at nine in 10 Americans while other holidays such as Hanukkah and Kwanzaa are less represented. Both holidays are significantly less popular with only five percent celebrating Hanukkah and three percent for Kwanzaa. Student council wanted to educate students on various holidays represented at DHS.
Sophomore TJ Neuenfeldt begin the idea to teach students about holidays such as Hanukkah and Kwanzaa part of Midland Public Schools new inclusive statement about promoting diversity.
“A lot of kids don’t know other holidays other than Christmas but there are other holidays such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Los Posadas celebrated around the world,” Neuenfeldt said. “It’s trying to be more inclusive for other students.”
Student council played on the idea of The Twelve Days of Christmas over the announcements by educating students on other holidays celebrated around the world, picking four holidays right before winter break. A small fact was given about each of the four holidays: Christmas, Hanukkah, Los Posadas, and Kwanzaa.
As more holidays are celebrated during the year student council wants to include more holidays such as Ramadan to teach students about different cultures. Promoting Midland Public Schools inclusion statement is important for student council to include all students.