Hazelwood West High School senior, Shahd Alyasiry, recently reached out to Hazelwood School District administrators to recognize Hazelwood West High Principal Dennis Newell for his openness towards different cultures. Newell recently attended a worship service at the invitation of several of his students, who are Muslim.
“The Muslims here at Hazelwood West wanted to recognize Mr. Newell for his openness and how he honors diversity,” said Alyasiry. “Mr. Newell takes time from his day to support his students, despite their different beliefs.”
Newell joined in on a service during the Eid al-Adha Holiday. Eid al-Adha commemorates when God appeared to Abraham. The day begins with morning prayers. The celebrations continue with visits to friends and family, exchange of gifts, and feasts.
During his visit to the mosque, Newell ran into several of his former students all of whom were happy and surprised to see him there.
“I felt quite welcomed when I visited the mosque,” said Newell. “Other worshippers including, my former students came up to welcome me and thank me for attending.”