Diversity Celebrations: Byron Center Public Schools

BCPS celebrates the diversity in the district! Here are a few highlights of some of the events.  

BCPS has a Diversity Steering Committee comprised of teachers, administrators, and parents that continue to have a dialogue on how to increase our students’ exposures to different types of experiences.

Community Diversity Forum - Each year the AUA and/or the Diversity Steering Committee would like to hold a diversity forum where community members can come together and celebrate what is being done in our district and community regarding diversity. This forum would also include sharing ideas and planning for the future. 

BCPS participates in the quarterly Champions of Diversity meetings hosted by the Kent Intermediate School District.  This gives the district a chance to collaborate with other districts regarding our Diversity efforts.  

Byron Center High School has an active student Diversity Club called AUA that meets weekly. Accept.Unite.Act.

BCHS students participate in the Calling All Colors Conference at Hope College, which includes lessons and a project throughout the year. They also attend another conference in the spring where they present their project and results. 

The Gay/Straight/Alliance (GSA) club also meets regularly at BCHS.

Latino Youth Day- Eighth-grade Hispanic students are invited to GRCC for a day-long conference focusing on the “Power of Dreams.”  This is a motivational conference that encourages students to work towards academic excellence beyond High School.  

Spanish Department Cultural Night- Each semester, students and families are invited to share a meal together while practicing their Spanish skills outside the classroom.  

English Language Learner Night- Each spring, students and families of our English Language Learners gather together to share a meal, music, and a time of fellowship with one another.  Time is also spent celebrating the achievements of our students.    

Martin Luther King Jr. Day- Every grade level engages students in purposeful activities highlighting the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.   

Celebrate Black History Month- In February, students participate in a variety of activities celebrating the significant impact that many of our African Americans have had in our history.

BCPS Leadership Team attends the annual Diversity Kick-off, hosted by the Kent Intermediate School District, each August.  This presentation includes a speaker and dialogue regarding Diversity.