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National Arab American Heritage Month 2024

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National Arab American Heritage Month 2024

April is Arab American Heritage Month, a time our district and schools celebrate the Arab American heritage and culture and pay tribute to the contributions of Arab and Arabic-speaking Americans.

An estimated 3.7 million Americans have Arab roots, according to the Arab American Institute, with ancestries traced to 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, including Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Palestine, Morocco, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and others.

These cultures are part of the fabric that make our district one of the most diverse in the state — a strength we embrace and weave into the culture of our schools, and education of our scholars.

Throughout April we look forward to sharing how our schools are celebrating Arab American Heritage with assemblies, art projects, musical performances and more. We want to share these experiences with the entire district, so be sure to email photos to socialmedia@fwps.org.

View additional recognitions in the FWPS Cultural & Religious Calendar here: www.fwps.org/culturalcalendar


Embracing Arab American Heritage: A Journey of Discovery at Thomas Jefferson High School

Thomas Jefferson High School celebrated National Arab American Heritage Month by learning about Arab Americans and their important contributions to our country. During their advisory sessions, students discovered the rich history, language, and range of cultures of Arab and Arabic-speaking Americans. They learned about notable individuals such as U.S. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, activist Linda Sarsour, space scientist and geologist Farouk El-Baz, and how Arab Americans have been part of Ford Motors' history. They also discovered that Arabic is spoken by over 400 million people worldwide, ranking it as the fifth most popular language globally. Furthermore, according to the Washington State census, King County has the largest population of Arab Americans in the state which weaves in the fabric our school culture as we embrace the strength of diversity.

Reflecting on this newfound knowledge about Arab American heritage, scholars actively engaged in discussion centered on a quote from Rania Al Abdullah, Queen of Jordan: “We are stronger when we listen and smarter when we share.” They brainstormed ways to empower their learning and advocate for recognition of Arab culture, history, and media.

The advisory lesson concluded by equipping students with resources for further exploration with a book list, the website to the Arab American National Musuem, and a video about cuisine.

In Federal Way Public Schools, there is a strong commitment to nurturing cultural diversity among students. National Arab American Heritage Month provides a significant opportunity to broaden scholars' perspectives and deepen their understanding of our community's rich diversity, with a special emphasis on Arab American experiences throughout April. At Thomas Jefferson High School, we're proud to exemplify this dedication to learning and cultural awareness, as we join in celebrating and honoring Arab American heritage throughout the month.