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HCS council to host Diversity Fair

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By Kelly Cantrall

Hardin County is displaying and celebrating its multicultural community this week.

The Hardin County Schools Community Diversity Advisory Council is hosting a Diversity Fair at 5 p.m. Friday in the commons area of John Hardin High School. The fair allows various members of the community to share elements of different cultures. HCS students and community groups will participate.

Sodexo Inc. is offering foods from around the world, Premier Designs will display jewelry from various cultures, and the J.T. Alton Middle School Junior Leadership Corps will have a display on African art, among other participants.

The fair is the first of its kind for the council, which is a subgroup of the HCS Diversity Council. The community council works as a liaison between various groups in the county and the school system.

The event is coordinated with the performance of Cirque Zuma Zuma at 7 p.m. at the HCS Performing Arts Center. Cirque Zuma Zuma is a Kenyan acrobatic troupe. Rudy Garcia, co-chairman of the community council, said the fair fit well with the performance, and he hopes to see similar fairs held in conjunction with other PAC shows that deal with other cultures.

The HCS council had existed previously, said Bobby Lewis, associate superintendent for student services.

“We thought it best to reconstitute it and get it going again,” Lewis said.

The council works to promote respect and tolerance within the district, and to celebrate the various backgrounds of the students and staff.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.