CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – Children in the Clarksburg community had the opportunity to celebrate diversity on Saturday. The Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library hosted an event on its back lawn called “United We Stand”.
About two dozen children and their parents came to the event to make crafts next to each other. Among the handicrafts created was a “crown of unity,” with hands resembling all different races coming together on the crown to promote unity.
Before the event, attendees were asked to wear something that made them unique. It could be related to culture and identity or to a passion. That way, when all the kids lined up to work at the arts and crafts table, they would find common bonds and could connect.
“It’s just a fun way for kids to see that we are more alike than we are different and that we can celebrate our diversity,” said Shannon Ruggieri, director of teen programming at the library.
The Clarksburg-Harrison Public Library has hosted similar unit-based events over the past year, although they have taken place virtually. Back in person, Ruggieri said there are plans to host more events in the coming months.