Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

James Pappas

Second Committee Member

Henry Williams

Third Committee Member

Steven Schmitz


The primary purpose of this project was to successfully design and implement cultural awareness and a global perspective at Tukwila Elementary School utilizing an International Day project, as there are a large number of ethnic groups and various cultures represented in the school. This provided students and parents from different cultures with an avenue to celebrate their own cultural heritage while simultaneously they learned about and celebrated the diverse cultures of the entire school community. The project had five components, which included: 1) a flag ceremony that included forty-nine different flags; 2) cultural dances (performed by students, parents, and community members); 3) a potluck lunch that represented over 150 different cultural foodstuffs; 4) traditional cultural attire worn by students, staff, parents and community members; and finally, 5) student presentations offered by individual students or student groups. Due to the wide cultural diversity in the Tukwila Elementary School, this project improved cultural sensitivity among the staff, students and wider community and provided a tangible way to connect various cultures and bridge intercultural differences.


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