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Community Culture Night: Celebrating diversity & togetherness at Awbrey Park Elementary

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EUGENE, Ore. - The gymnasium at Awbrey Park Elementary was packed full of community members on Thursday night.

"It's amazing, " said one Awbrey Park 5th grader. "It's almost like a dream come true."

It's where they gathered to celebrate culture through Hawaiian dance, music from around the world, and singing.

"I've learned a lot about the accordion and like their tradition in Russian," said Awbrey Park 5th grader, C.J. Hunt. "I also learned about Japanese drumming."

"There's a bunch of places that I would like to go when I grow up, like Japan and France and all these places," said Gavin Fish, 5th grader and class representative at Awbrey Park. "But having those places brought to me is especially special."

In addition to celebrating diversity, the school celebrated unifying together under this year's special theme to "change the world with your own two hands."

"The kids here at Awbrey Park just love the school and know that they can do something too," said Rachel Young, 5th grader and vice president of Awbrey Park Elementary.

"It's just nice to bring people together and just see the gratitude that they have for each other and awareness, and just moments of happiness and peace amongst everybody," said 5th grade teacher, Jamie Tait.

Tait said she hopes the event's lesson is something her students can take with them though the rest of their lives.

"One of our favorite quotes is 'Be kinder than necessary,'" said Tait, "Because you don't know what people are dealing with. So, it means a lot to all of us to have nights like this."

The students have big plans to help their community and beyond.

"Two hands was to help kids at Awbrey Park, and I'm just a very role model person, and I like to help people," said Rachel Young.

"I could stop problems, or crisis," said C.J. Hunt.

"I really like animals, and when I grow up I want to be a vet," said 5th grad Awbrey Park student, Abby.

"Being a nice student to everyone and helping them when they need help," said 5th grad student, Juliet.

Fish said, "I've been dreaming of my future, and I really want to pursue those dreams."

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