Local Teachers Win Grant for Multicultural Fair


Los Alamos teachers Julie Bulthuis, left, and Renee Mitsunaga received a Great Ideas Grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation for a Multicultural Fair. Courtesy Photo

LAPS News:

Julie Bulthuis, ELL (English language learners) teacher at Chamisa and Pinon Elementary Schools, and Renee Mitsunaga, art teacher at Chamisa Elementary, received a Great Ideas Grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation for a Multicultural Fair.

Bulthuis and Mitsunaga hope this year’s fair titled, “Around the World in White Rock: Multicultural Fair/Customs and Cultural Celebrations in Our Community and World,” will not only impact and engage their students, but also their parents, extended families and community as a whole.

During the Multicultural Fair, students and classes will present something that is tied to a modern or historical aspect of the country, region, or culture that they have studied. 

The will do this by demonstrating an art or craft project, music, dance, game, research presentation or food sampling opportunity.

Additionally, families will collaborate with their children to set up booths to share some aspect of their culture. Students will circulate through the gymnasium participating in these activities, collecting artifacts, sampling foods, and collecting flags on each of their ”passports” while local cultural organizations, students, and families hold performances on the stage.

Students will learn valuable facts and information about other nations and cultures and share their gifts of music, dance, costumes and information.

A complete listing of this year’s Great Ideas Grant winners can be found at www.lapsfoundation.com, along with past grant recipients. 

Donations to the LAPS Foundation are accepted year-round and can be mailed to 1900 Diamond Dr., Ste. 1, Los Alamos, NM 87544 or through the Foundation’s secure website: www.lapsfoundation.com.



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