Bain & Company team at P.S. 83 in East Harlem Helps Host Multicultural Dinner

Today’s guest blogger is Amanda Wall. Amanda serves with City Year New York on the Bain & Company team at P.S. 83 in East Harlem.

Last week, the Bain & Company team at P.S. 83 in East Harlem helped the P.T.A. host their Annual Multicultural Dinner. The Dinner is held each year, the week before Thanksgiving. It is a time for teachers, staff, students, and families to come together and celebrate the diverse cultures represented among the student population. Families are encouraged to bring dishes typical of their own cultures to share with the rest of the school. Students had the chance to have fun, take risks, and try new foods. Fifth grader, Brandon, thought the Multicultural dinner “was fun…I got to play games and there was lots of food. I tried Asian spicy rice!”

For the City Year team, it was an opportunity to strengthen and reinforce our relationship with the school, parents, and community in which we work. Corps members spent the night creating decorations, setting up, serving food, drinks, and desserts, and running activities to keep the students entertained. My favorite part was having the opportunity to hangout with the students outside the context of the classroom. We got to joke around and talk about some of their interests. The Annual Multicultural Dinner is a much looked forward to event on the school calendar for students, faculty, and parents alike. Lydia Ayala, fifth grade parent and P.T.A. member said she is “Going to miss it! My last one. I have enjoyed it every year since my daughter was in kindergarten. My favorite part is gathering of all the parents.” The event was so successful that the line for food reached all the way to the door of the cafeteria!

Check out a few more moments from the Dinner below!