DeKalb County School District (DCSD) joined the United Nations Association of the USA – Atlanta Chapter to celebrate 78 years of the organization for United Nations Day at Indian Creek Elementary School on Saturday, October 28.

United Nations Day calls for celebration, underscoring the importance of promoting “dignity, equity, and justice for immigrants and refugees.” UN Day 2023 served as a timely and powerful reminder of the UN’s commitment to advocating for the rights and well-being of refugees and immigrants worldwide. DCSD Superintendent Dr. Devon Q. Horton was one of the keynote speakers at the celebration and noted how the District is a melting pot of cultures, innovation, and ambition.

“From Dunwoody to Damascus, from Tucker to Thailand, from Stone Mountain to Syria, from Chamblee to Czechoslovakia, and from Lithonia to Liberia—across the vast heartland of America and to every other place throughout the world—all children merit a high-quality, relevant education that lifts them to realize not only success and fulfillment but one that contributes to a functioning, collaborative, and productive society that welcomes all into her fold,” Dr. Horton said.

“The stronger and more united we are as a people in our purpose, the stronger and more united we can be as a people in force for good.”

The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) is a movement of Americans dedicated to supporting the United Nations since 1945. With over 20,000 members and more than 200 chapters across the country, UNA-USA members unite in their commitment to global engagement and their belief that each of us can play a part in advancing the UN’s mission and achieving sustainable development goals.

As Dr. Horton rightly points out, DCSD is home to students who speak over 140 languages and represent over 180 countries. The District is proud to offer a wide array of learning options.

“Our students come from virtually every corner of our world. Thankfully, DeKalb County Schools has an increasing number of educational pathways available—including various STEM curriculum schools to International Baccalaureate, Charter, and Montessori programs. These serve as a sacred commitment to nurturing the individual brilliance of each child,” Dr. Horton said.

For sights and sounds from this exciting UN Day 2023 event at Indian Creek Elementary School, see: