Hispanic, Meskwaki and Czech cultures were represented at a diversity night celebration at South Tama Elementary School on Monday, March 19, 2018. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

TAMA – Food, ethnic costumes and art brought diverse groups together on March 19 to celebrate cultural connections.

A variety of hairstyles, including intricate braids, were also seen at the diversity night at South Tama Elementary. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

South Tama Elementary was the site for “This is Us: Celebrating our Diverse Community,” featuring a potluck dinner, fashion show and art exhibit.

Representatives from Meskwaki, Czech, Hispanic and Somali cultures highlighted their cultural dress and even music and dance, brought together by Assistant Principal Kris Collins and a committee representing the diverse groups at the school, with the Czech Heritage Foundation’s Czech Royal Court, based in Cedar Rapids, among the guests.

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Collins read “I am Diversity,” a poem by Charles Bennafield, to underscore the idea behind the celebration, which she hopes will become an annual event.

“Learn about me; improve my underrepresentation
And I can provide a competitive edge to your entire nation.
I exclude no one I am strengthened by all
My name is Diversity and yes I stand tall.”

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