Diwali in the Lower School

The lights of Diwali glow bright.
Today, Hindus around the world celebrate Diwali. Here in the Lower School, students participated in colorful and lively learning activities about the Hindu Festival of Lights.

In Nichelle and Barbara’s Pre-K/Kindergarten class, they pulled out all the stops. Four parents* joined the students to read a story about Diwali and make colorful clay diyas.

After learning about traditions of Diwali—from the traditional stories of Ram’s homecoming to colorful rangoli and firecrackers—our youngest Hoppers made their own clay diyas. “I liked watching you transform the plain clay into beautiful diyas,” Pre-K/K teacher Barbara Buonora told them. “And I liked when the diyas were glowing in the dark,” reflected Cassenia Hider ’31.

Students held their diyas proudly as they sat together in the semi-darkness. The flameless tea lights lit their bright, hopeful faces.

Happy Diwali!

*Niharika Shukla (parent of Kaiya Messina ’32) was joined in Barbara and Nichelle’s classroom by parents Anabel Genetski (Celia Genetski ’31), Dina Al Sabah (Dyllan Alden '32), and Brandy Price (Jack Sierra-Price ’31, Mia Sierra-Price ’32, and Tessa Sierra-Price ’32).

Staff writer Danny Stock tells the stories of teaching, learning, competing, creating, and performing at Georgetown Day School. He is a former GDS second grade teacher and current parent.


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