HARKER HEIGHTS — Communities in Schools hosted a cultural fair at the Harker Heights High School Friday morning to give local students the opportunity to represent their heritage from different countries and states.

With projects and events like the cultural fair, the national organization aims to empower students and involve them in their communities.

“This is a way to get the kids … away from the negativity and the drugs and all the stuff that goes on in high school,” said Liz Rivera, case manager for Communities in Schools, which has tutoring programs throughout Killeen ISD schools. “We live in a community with different kinds of cultures and this makes them feel integrated.”

Participating students were representing their culture with traditional dishes as well as dance performances.

Harker Heights High School student Brianna Fejeran, who was born in Saipan and moved to the continental U.S. at the age of 2, performed cultural dances from Samoa and Hawaii to give a glimpse into her culture.

“Culture really defines who we are, it’s a really big part of our life,” she said. “To be able to bring it here and show it to everyone is a pride thing.”

Other countries and states that were represented at the cultural fair included Puerto Rico, Spain, Dominican Republic, Guam and Kansas.

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