World Refugee Day
Benson High School
June 20, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
It’s an event that aims to help the Omaha community understand the issues facing the city’s refugee population – and to celebrate the city’s rich diversity. World Refugee Day, hosted by the Omaha Refugee Task Force and the Omaha Public Schools, is set to take place at Benson High (5210 Maple St.) on Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
It all starts with a parade of flags, music, a dance performance, and a naturalization ceremony. University of Nebraska Medical Center will host a Health Fair from 11:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. Lunch will be served from 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. At 11:30 a.m., educational panels will convene, featuring stories by refugees about the political issues that prompted them to leave their homeland, and the process of how refugees come to the U.S. (Panelists are from Iraq, Somalia, Burma, Thailand and Bhutan.) Community members will then have an opportunity to purchase handmade items and to get information from different community agencies, children can attend a carnival, and everyone is invited to take part in sporting events. At 2:30 p.m., there will be an awards ceremony that recognizes an outstanding OPS educator and volunteers – as well as a presentation of WRD scholarships to students. The day concludes with a Fashion Show.
Our MADE4TRADE online shop on Etsy.com is now open! All items are made by refugees in our Job Club’s Made for Trade program. Currently, the items for sale include earrings, bracelets, aprons, and tote bags.
Click HERE to check out our Etsy site!
Our Made for Trade Boutique is also now open every
Monday and Wednesday, 10:00am to 1:00pm!