CUL­TURE CEL­E­BRATED

Hori­zon Sci­ence Academy brings His­panic her­itage to life

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Martin

Hori­zon Sci­ence Academy of Lorain marked His­panic Her­itage Month with an evening of mu­sic, dance and cui­sine on Oct. 12.

In the cafe­te­ria of the school lo­cated at 760 Tower Blvd., guests got to ex­pe­ri­ence a taste of His­panic her­itage with per­for­mances from Hori­zon stu­dents in ad­di­tion to learn­ing about the his­tory of Lorain’s His­panic com­mu­nity.

“We love to see our stu­dents per­form­ing with all the par­ents coming. We hope they en­joy the food and dances,” said Prin­ci­pal Faith Sumer.

Guests were treated to a Latin

“The city of Lorain has one of the largest Puerto Ri­can com­mu­ni­ties in the United States.” — Key­note speaker Sarah John­son of Lorain’s El Cen­tro de Ser­vi­cios So­ciales

per­cus­sion demon­stra­tion, fea­tur­ing tra­di­tional rhyth­mic styles from Puerto Rico and other parts of the Caribbean. It in­cor­po­rated a num­ber of dif­fer­ent per­cus­sion in­stru­ments within Latin jazz, in­clud­ing tra­di­tional wooden clave sticks and a rhythm box called a ca­jon.

Key­note speak­ers were Sarah John­son and Nelly Dav­ila of Lorain’s El Cen­tro de Ser­vi­cios So­ciales. They high­lighted the his­tory of Lorain’s His­panic com­mu­nity and the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s role in pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance since be­ing founded in 1974 by a group of lo­cal clergy and com­mu­nity lead­ers.

“We were founded to serve mostly a Puerto-Ri­can im­mi­grant com­mu­nity dur­ing the in­dus­trial pe­riod of Lorain’s his­tory but we now serve all res­i­dents of Lorain County. We were the first so­cial ser­vice agency in the area to serve the Latino pop­u­la­tion,” John­son said.

John­son, a grant writer with El Cen­tro, re­called the early days of His­panic im­mi­gra­tion to Lorain in the early 1920s af­ter they were re­cruited to work for U.S. Steel and their role in con­tribut­ing to the so­cial fab­ric of the area with the devel­op­ment of Sacred Heart Chapel, The Puerto Ri­can Home in ad­di­tion to El Cen­tro.

“The city of Lorain has one of the largest Puerto Ri­can com­mu­ni­ties in the United States,” John­son said. “Those im­mi­grants not only serve our econ­omy but have ben­e­fited our com­mu­nity eco­nom­i­cally and served as pil­lars of our com­mu­nity.”

The evening con­cluded with a per­for­mance by dance troupe Es­cen­cia Boricua Cul­tural de Lorain. It per­formed tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary Puerto Ri­can dances. Di­rec­tor Rosie Garcia said the group, which fea­tures girls be­tween the ages of 9 and 13, was founded in 2011 to pro­mote and pre­serve Puerto Ri­can cul­ture.

ERIC BONZAR — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

Twelve-year-old Lisa Or­tiz and her fel­low dancers of Esen­cia Boricua Cul­tural de Lorain per­form dur­ing Hori­zon Sci­ence Academy of Lorain’s His­panic Cel­e­bra­tion Din­ner.

ERIC BONZAR — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

Del­son Tor­res-Castro, left, and Ja­cob Var­gas per­form Luis Fonsi’s “Des­pac­ito” dur­ing Hori­zon Sci­ence Academy of Lorain’s His­panic Cel­e­bra­tion Din­ner, Oct. 12.

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