An annual celebration of diversity in the Barron Area School District will add a third chapter from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2019, as the district hosts “Celebrate Unity.”

Billed as “a free multicultural event with free food, live music and community,” the celebration will be held at the Barron High School Commons.

The emphasis this year will be on how the Barron community came together last fall and winter after the kidnapping of local resident (and Riverviw Middle School student) Jayme Closs, according to Diane Tremblay, district administrator.

She said “Celebrate Unity will serve as a thank you to (everyone) in this community and beyond, who united to sustain hope and supports for all those in need, during those difficult months prior to Jayme’s amazing return to her family.”

Tremblay said the event will be planned to “illustrate our efforts to share in the richness that our diversity offers one another.”

The evening includes “visuals symbolizing our strength in our community unity …food booths from multiple cultures (and) several area businesses (which will) donate and offer their supplies and services.

This will be the Barron Area School District’s third consecutive celebration of diversity. The events began in late March 2017, when hundreds of area residents gathered to sample ethnic food prepared by Somali residents, watch traditional dances, and listen to stories of how the Somali community developed here.

In 2018, the scope of the event expanded to honor the entire community, its diversity and past accomplishments. Future Gov. Tony Evers, then the state superintendent of public instruction, was keynote speaker.