Bahrain School celebrates Arab American Heritage Month

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Manama, May 2 (BNA): Building on the formal recognition of April as Arab American Heritage Month, Bahrain School, a champion of cultural and linguistic diversity, set out a program to highlight the contributions Arab Americans have made in education, medicine, technology, government, military service, and culture.

“This month, we celebrate the accomplishments of educators, writers, poets, and musicians who have promoted the Arab American heritage and pay tribute to their contributions to America's rich diversity,” Middle High School Principal Shana Seawright said.

Teachers have prepared a set of contributions by Americans of Arab origin and shared them daily with the students and the staff during the morning announcements.

The teachers also organized a competition open to all students to check their knowledge about the Arab world. Prizes were given to the top three winners.

The U.S. State Department said in a release that “Americans of Arab heritage are very much a part of the fabric of this nation, and Arab Americans have contributed in every field and profession.”

“We mark National Arab American Heritage Month noting these contributions that are as old as America itself,” Department Spokesperson Ned Price said in a video.

As the month of April coincided with the Islamic month of Ramadan, Bahrain School celebrated Gargaoon, a joyous occasion observed across Bahrain on the 14th evening of Ramadan.

The occasion is typically marked among the younger generations within a festive Bahraini mood enabling students from *30 nationalities to share in the diversity offered by the school.

However, with COVID-19 restricting the way special occasions are celebrated, teachers, encouraged by the administration, prepared sweets in bags and handed them over to students to eat in the evening. All precautionary measures and protocols were followed to ensure the highest standards of safety.

"The school has been known for its long, rich and diverse culture, and marking Ramadan and Gargaoon is an integral part of this culture," said Seddiqa Darwish, one of the teachers involved in organizing the event.