CULTURAL ARTS & EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
"It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope."
-Ursula K. LeGuin
Stories of American arts, cultures, and education include histories of social Institutions and movements as well as our diverse cultural values.
Throughout the academic school year POLCARE host several Arts, Culture, and Education events for youth and their families.
Cultural arts education includes the following:
Drawing, Painting, Elements of Color, Art Appreciation
Literature, Creative Writing, Poetry
Theater, Drama, Tableau
Singing and Music Appreciation
Reading Literacy Program
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Adult Continued Education
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Your contribution will help us to provide free books and literacy resources to children in our community.
Story Telling Programs
Beyond reading and writing, literacy skills include listening, speaking, and communicating. There are many activities the POLCARE offers that can help literacy development, but storytelling is one of the most complete strategies available for teaching literacy learning. Storytelling is, possibly, the oldest precursor to literacy, and every culture has used it to explore identity.
Storytelling helps children learn to understand each other's differences. Children can listen to stories about other people and learn to empathize with those who live in different environments. Storytelling encourages children to tell their own stories orally, in writing, and in pictures. Literacy learning, which includes these three media, can be more engaging for students who have struggled to understand how words relate to their lives.
We Are The World Family Nights
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to celebrate different cultures is through food. With such a vast array of cultures, traditions and beliefs, every family has its own food heritage and associated customs. POLCARE helps our community learn about each other by celebrating the different cultures throughout the year at quarterly We are the World Family Meal Nights. This is a night where families can learn more about their neighbors customs and cuisine.
One of the best ways to teach kids about the diversity around us is through learning culture in the kitchen. Teaching your children about different cultures by way of cooking and food isn’t just for girls either. It used to be said that boys don’t belong in the kitchen. Or even worse, that girls belong in the kitchen. Those are very false gender roles, especially when it comes to cooking. Cooking is a universal act that brings everyone together.
Cooking Matters is designed to bridge cultural differences. This is accomplished by including healthier versions of foods from many traditions, allowing people to learn through hands-on interaction, and recognizing that multiple factors affect food choices.
Culture in the Cooking Matters classroom is representative of the cross-cultural nature of America. Each diverse culture in our classrooms is something each student can celebrate and embrace in order to bring about understanding and acceptance of the concepts presented.