Cel­e­brat­ing His­panic her­itage

Learn­ing about His­panic, Latin cul­tures

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - Staff Re­port

CALN >> Caln Ele­men­tary School stu­dents were trans­ported to a dif­fer­ent land, as they par­tic­i­pated in a Latin Cross­over per­for­mance that in­cor­po­rated mu­sic and dance from His­panic and Latin cul­tures, and even in­cluded a conga line.

Caln is hon­or­ing His­panic Her­itage Month and Mex­i­can In­de­pen­dence Day, both of which are cel­e­brated by some of the families of the 25 per­cent of stu­dents in the school who are of His­panic de­scent. The Cross­over as­sem­bly kicked off the school’s cel­e­bra­tion which also in­cluded stu­dents speak­ing about why they are proud of their cul­ture.

“Multi-cul­tural cel­e­bra­tions help stu­dents feel both a sense of pride and be­long­ing,” said As­sis­tant Prin­ci­pal Sarita Brown Mitchell, who helped or­ga­nize the event. “I wanted to en­sure our stu­dents had a few cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences to help cel­e­brate the di­verse pop­u­la­tion of our Caln fam­ily.”

The Latin Cross­over As­sem­bly was a per­for­mance by Phil-

adel­phia-based mu­sic com­pany Mu­si­copia, and led by Cuban born pi­anist Maria del Pico Tay­lor and her hus­band Ray­mond Tay­lor. The en­sem­ble con­sisted of the key­board, cello, drums, a vo­cal­ist and a Latin/fla­menco dancer.

“I hope that stu­dents learned that there is great value in our dif­fer­ences,” said Mitchell. “Our goal is to show our stu­dents that they may dif­fer in ways that are deeper than ap­pear­ances, and re­gard­less of these dif­fer­ences, whether lan­guage, dress or be­liefs, we are still one Caln fam­ily and we should be proud of what makes us unique. I hope that our stu­dents learned that we can cel­e­brate these dif­fer­ences to­gether.”

Many of the stu­dents who par­tic­i­pated in the as­sem­bly wore dresses, skirts, flow­ers and som­breros which were all pro­vided by Caln’s two English as a Sec­ond Lan­guage (ESL) teach­ers, Wendy Clark and Danielle Palmer. One stu­dent wore a skirt that was hand­made by her fa­ther in the col­ors of the Mex­i­can flag. Clark and Palmer have put to­gether a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties and lessons that will be used in the class­room through­out the month to help stu­dents learn more about Latin Amer­i­can cul­ture.

Na­tional His­panic Her­itage Month is cel­e­brated

“Our goal is to show our stu­dents that they may dif­fer in ways that are deeper than ap­pear­ances, and re­gard­less of these dif­fer­ences, whether lan­guage, dress or be­liefs, we are still one Caln fam­ily and we should be proud of what makes us unique.” — Sarita Brown Mitchell, Caln Ele­men­tary as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal

from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 in the United States to rec­og­nize the con­tri­bu­tions of His­panic and Latino Amer­i­cans to the group’s her­itage and cul­ture.

Caln Ele­men­tary, of the Coatesville Area School District, will cel­e­brate Black His­tory Month in Fe­bru­ary 2017 with an as­sem­bly by the African Amer­i­can Mu- seum of Philadel­phia, with a fo­cus on sto­ry­telling.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTOS

Caln Ele­men­tary School stu­dents cel­e­brate His­panic Her­itage Month. Deb­o­rah Sal­dana dances with Caln Ele­men­tary School stu­dent Yarelis Perez.

Dancer Deb­o­rah Sal­dana and Caln Ele­men­tary School teacher Bryan McCon­nell dance to­gether. Pic­tured are: Anais Rosas, left, Jorelys Rivera-Ro­driguez, right, Luzely Guadar­rama, front row, and Alana Pineiro, back row.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTOS

Stu­dents pic­tured are: Anais Rosas, Luzely Guadar­rama, El­iz­a­beth Re­cil­las-Quin­tero, Jen­nifer Re­cil­las-Quin­tero and Alana Pineiro. Many of the stu­dents who par­tic­i­pated in the as­sem­bly wore dresses, skirts, flow­ers and som­breros, which were all pro­vided by Caln’s two English as a Sec­ond Lan­guage (ESL) teach­ers, Wendy Clark and Danielle Palmer.

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