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Harmonizing Heritage

Cultural Education Through Dynamic Celebrations

With a growing focus on equity and access throughout our District, Manteca Unified is working to build greater cultural awareness and representation to support student success.

“Racial representation helps support cultural identity,” shared Dr. Francine Baird, MUSD’s Director of Equity & Access. “Strong cultural identity has been linked to improved social well-being, mental health resilience, and coping skills, among other benefits.”

With this commitment to cultural education, MUSD has launched a series of district-wide cultural events. The first was “¡Soy Asombros!”, a celebration of Hispanic and Latin Heritage that took place last October in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.  

Ahead of Black History Month, the District has collaborated with the educational hip-hop group School Yard Rap to celebrate the creativity, achievements, and contributions of African Americans. Four MUSD schools were treated to performances, where – over a reverberating hip-hop beat – students learned about diverse topics ranging from pop culture and soul food to education and the African origins of mathematics and medicine.

A man high fives a boy sitting amongst other students on the floor during a school assembly

“It was an inspiring assembly with positive role models, messages, and affirmations,” said Kyon-Teka Sims, a 5th grade teacher at August Knodt Elementary. “It was a brilliant and engaging strategy to teach an important part of American History.”

Join us for our next cultural event, “Moor Than a Month,” to learn more about Black history and experience the educational energy of School Yard Rap! This family-friendly performance will be held in the Weston Ranch High School Theater on Saturday, February 10, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Entry is free but limited to the first 200 attendees.

  • August Knodt Elementary
  • elementary school
  • equity and access