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Country Parkway Elementary School in the Willamsville School district welcomes diversity

Posted: 8:39 AM, Oct 03, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-03 09:00:35-04

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — Walking up to the Country Parkway Elementary School in Amherst, students and parents are welcomed to a new giant sign.

With the words "Welcome" in all different languages and a tree that holds flags from all different countries-- the school is embracing its diversity.

The Moms of Country Parkway wanted to bring in something to help connect the students more to their school and help embrace everyone's different culture. They helped bring this Welcome sign and had other signs installed throughout the school indicating different places with the five most spoken languages written out.

Central Parkway Elementary has the highest percentage of English language learners in the Willamsville School District.

"You learn about acceptance you learn that being different is okay and you can contribute to the community," Brenda Feldstein, one of the Mothers that helped get the signs in the school, said. "Everyone is learning from each other."

Principal Andrew Bowen says it's important for students feel connected to their school, and he says Country Parkway wants to continue to add more elements for students to feel pride in who they are.

Quian Song is another Mom that helped get this sign in the school, her daughter is in 4th grade and has many friends from all over the world.

"When she saw this sign she felt so proud of her own country and felt proud of her school," Song said.

The Moms of Country Parkway say they would love to incorporate more activities to embrace the school's diversity.