Hispanic Heritage celebrated at Alden Terrace
Latin music filtered through the air when Alden Terrace School students entered the gymnasium for the school’s first-ever National Hispanic Heritage Month assembly on Nov. 1.
The assembly, for students in grades 2-4, was led by Assistant Principal Dr. Wellinthon García. Dr. García began by sharing a short video that explained National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated from Sept. 15-Oct. 15 this year.
“It’s important to celebrate where we all come from,” Dr. García said.
Students at the assembly were exposed to Spanish words, learned about the diversity of the Hispanic community and the countries that make up the population. Dr. García also shared information on traditional holidays, such as El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), on which people remember family members and friends who have passed on. Students were also educated on multiple countries’ national birds, which were highlighted through beautiful music performed by members of the Palomeque family. Justo González, a grandfather of two of the school’s students, played instruments, including the chuli zampoña (a panflute), the rondador (a set of chorded panpipes) and the charango (a stringed instrument that resembles a ukulele). He, along with his daughter, Gina Palomeque, also sang to students. Mrs. Palomeque’s daughters and two other school students joined the fun, singing and dancing for their peers.
“Having a family from our own school and community share their culture and talents with our scholars was a true highlight to this wonderful assembly,” Principal Shawnée Warfield said.
Adding to the assembly were decorations created by the school’s students under the direction of art teacher Zoe Sanders. Members of the art club designed and cut papel picado, a Mexican folk art commonly made from colored tissue paper, while Applied Behavioral Analysis students decorated pictures of skulls, a traditional part of El Día de los Muertos.
- Justo González, the grandfather of two students at Alden Terrace School, performed traditional Latin music during the National Hispanic Heritage Month assembly.
2. Alden Terrace School students (from left): Brisseyda Palomeque, Kimberly Martinez Sanchez, Baraquel Palomeque and Gabriela Sneedare pictured with Gina Palomeque.
- Alden Terrace School student Aaliyah Carter enjoyed dancing at the assembly.
4. Alden Terrace School Assistant Principal Wellinthon García danced with student Ayanna Hill.
5. Alden Terrace School Principal Shawnée Warfield (back row, right) and Assistant Principal Wellinthon García (back row, second left) are pictured with the assembly’s performers.
6. Alden Terrace School students enjoyed the school’s first-ever National Hispanic Heritage Month assembly.