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Spaulding Youth Center Hosts Annual Multicultural Celebration
Northfield, NH
12/20/2017 09:31 AM

Spaulding Youth Center hosted its annual Multicultural Celebration on its Northfield, New Hampshire campus on Friday, December 15th. The yearly event celebrates holiday customs from around the world.


Leading up to the celebration, each of the eleven classrooms at Spaulding Youth Center School conducted extensive research to identify one specific custom to present at the celebration. The classroom then developed a creative expression to share their findings. This year’s presentations included learning about Junkanoo, a street parade in the Bahamas. To help demonstrate this unique presentation, students wore Caribbean attire and danced to island music. Other classrooms showcased their research in a variety of creative presentations, including: Winter Solstice, Moose Festival, Groundhog Day, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Midwinter Festival, Samhain (the origin of Halloween), Day of the Dead and Oban. There was also a special segment on volunteerism, in which students presented a video of their recent volunteer work and reflected on how volunteerism has affected their lives.


“The Annual Multicultural Celebration is one of our most anticipated events here on campus,” said Susan C. Ryan, CEO & President of Spaulding Youth Center. “Students put a great deal of effort into researching and preparing for their presentations, and it is truly remarkable to experience their creativity first-hand and see the outcome of their hard work. It’s also a lot of fun for everyone!”


Audience members also look forward to the event. One audience member mentioned that every year the event brings her to tears. Another audience member is proud that every student is able to participate in this special event and considers the 2017 Multicultural Celebration the best yet!


About Spaulding Youth Center

Spaulding Youth Center is a leading provider of services for children and youth with neurological, emotional, behavioral, learning and/or developmental challenges, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. Services include academic, behavioral health, residential, foster care, health and wellness and family support. Spaulding Youth Center is a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) nonprofit. For information about Spaulding Youth Center, visit

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