Students from all over Richmond are coming together at the Richmond Regional Heritage Fair today (Friday) to showcase and learn more about Canadian history and their own roots.
The fair, which is being held at the Richmond Cultural Centre, features projects shortlisted from creations by more than 300 local students.
One of these students is Hailey Wong, a grade five student from Homma elementary, whose project tells the tale of her experience of moving from Hong Kong to Richmond nine months ago.
“I feel like it’s important for people to know about my background, and (I want) to make people feel like they’re not the only ones who moved from somewhere to Richmond,” Wong explained.
As she stood beside her display of photographs and diary-like entries detailing her move, Wong beamed with excitement.
“I feel like I’m proud of my heritage,” she said.
Emily Oi, organizer of the fair, said the event has been “amazing” so far.
“We have 70 projects on display, and the kids are excited,” she said.
“They’ve chosen some really neat topics from Canada’s past. So anything from significant Canadians like Viola Desmond to very important topics like residential schools, and everything in between.”
Schools taking part in today’s fair include Bridge elementary, Cornerstone Christian Academy, École des Navigateurs, General Currie elementary, Hamilton elementary, Homma elementary and McMath secondary.
A series of drop-in activities, including a spirograph art station, polaroid photo exhibit, quilt design and Canadian Pacific Railway logo history are also on display for visitors to view.