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How to bring the community together in Harmony

By Ahnika Alston

In order to bring the community together in harmony we have to accept diversity, bring attention to the contribution of others, and recognize that we all may be useful to others.

Cherishing ethnic and cultural diversity strengthens the community. Diversity can be defined as people coming together from different races, nationalities and religions. We have to increase understanding and friendship between different ethnic and cultural groups in order to do this. There are several ways this can be accomplished. We can create conditions under which people of diverse backgrounds are likely to come together, such as the Yemassee Shrimp Festival. Schools can initiate cooperative learning by putting together small groups of students of diverse cultures to learn to work together toward a common goal.

In bringing attention to the contribution of others, it is important that we feel we are both valued and recognized. Holding special events at nice community settings to recognize volunteers with special recognition is a great way to do this. Other ways are to create a yearbook displayed in the lobby of the town hall that shows everyone’s community efforts and their achievements, and even send letters recognizing them to local newspapers.

Lastly, there is no harm in extending assistance. Most people will respond favorably when you share yourself with good intent. Learning to give more than you take, donating your time and resources, and joining a charity are all ways to be useful to others.

Accepting diversity, recognizing contributions, and usefulness are awesome ways to strengthen any community and I look forward to assisting in any way I can to promote these things to bring my community together in perfect harmony!

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