• Celebrate Diversity!
    Diversity Students
    2013 Dates

     Teacher Training on September 13, 2012 with Dr. Terrell Jones

     Student Day I, September 29, 2012,

     Student Day III, December 1, 2012,

     Student Day III, March 23, 2013

     and the trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, May 6, 2013.

    The Celebrate Diversity Project is now beginning its 18th year. Celebrate Diversity! is sponsored by North American Communications, the Altoona Mirror, Penn State Altoona Campus, Reliance Bank and the Greater Altoona Jewish Federation. Participating Schools: Altoona Area, Hollidaysburg Area, The Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Claysburg-Kimmel, Spring Cove, the Jewish Community School and Northern Bedford School Districts. Over 3000 students have participated in this program.

    Diversity Project Mission:

    Erase intolerance and raise awareness about attitudes of prejudice.


    Penn State Altoona Campus - Community Arts Building, Devorris Downtown Center and Hollidaysburg Area Jr. High

    Workshop Objectives include the following:

    To increase awareness, communication and sensitivity towards all individuals and groups
    To gather knowledge and appreciation for various cultures, creeds, and races
    To share in the celebration of all individuals and groups of people

    Commitment of Students:

    Students will be expected to attend Saturday sessions which will be scheduled three times during the school year. It is important for students not to miss any of the sessions. They must attend at least two sessions to qualify for the trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
    Students will participate in workshop activities and share their ideas.

    Teacher/Parent Information Sheet

    Student Day I

    Date: Saturday, October 1, 2011
    Location: Penn State-Altoona Campus - Community Arts Center
    Time: 8:30 a.m. Registration - 9:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. Program
    Description: The students, with their teachers, will learn about and experience prejudice, discrimination and living with disabilities through a series of exercises, presentations, a video and activities.
    Lunch is provided.

    Student Day II

    Date: Saturday, December 3, 2011
    Location: Penn State-Altoona Campus Devorris Downtown Center and various religious institutions.
    Time: 8:30 a.m. Registration - 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Program
    Description: The students will travel to a synagogue, two churches and cathedral in the morning and return to the Devorris Center in the afternoon for additional presentations and to discuss differences and similarities in religions.
    Lunch is provided.

    Student Day III

    Date: Saturday, March 24, 2012
    Location: Hollidaysburg Area Junior High School
    Time: Registration: 8:30 a.m. Program: 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
    Description: The students will learn about hate groups and hate crimes from a guest speaker, will view a film about the Holocaust and will conclude with discussions and a group activity.
    Lunch is provided.

    Field Trip

    Date: Monday, April 30, 2012
    Location: Wal-Mart Plaza Parking Lot
    Time: 6:00 a.m. Buses begin to load, 6:30 a.m. Buses Depart - Returns approximately 7:00-8:00 p.m.
    Description: The students will take a field trip to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC and visit some of the monuments.