What is Welcoming Week?
As our neighborhoods grow more diverse, our community is enriched by new voices, different experiences, and unique perspectives. During Welcoming Week, we recognize the contributions of immigrants and refugees to the fiber of our country. This is a time to celebrate the values that unite us as neighbors, parents, and colleagues and make our cities more welcoming to newcomers and everyone who calls our community home. We invite you to join us in creating a welcoming community!
Join us for Virtual Story Time
This year WDMCS Community Education is partnering with the West Des Moines Public Library to celebrate Welcoming Week and its theme, “Creating Home Together,” with virtual storytimes highlighting books from the Meet Your Neighbors Story Boxes. Join us on the library’s Facebook page to listen. There will be three story times during Welcoming Week:
About Meet Your Neighbors Story Boxes
Meet Your Neighbors Story Boxes were created by WDMCS Community Education and the West Des Moines Library to help students and families learn more about our neighbors around the world. Each Story Box focuses on a different cultural group found in our WDMCS neighborhoods.
Inside, you’ll find both fiction and nonfiction books, music, and a reading and listening guide you can use at home or in your classroom. We believe that shared stories, food, crafts, music, and activities can foster understanding across differences and help us be good neighbors to all who make the West Des Moines area their home.
Meet Your Neighbors Story Boxes are available for checkout at the West Des Moines Public Library.