His­panic Her­itage Night cel­e­brates cul­ture

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Front Page - By Tawana Roberts troberts@news-her­ald.com @TawanaRobert­sNH on Twit­ter

To­dos son bi­en­venidos! The phrase trans­lated in English mean­ing “all are wel­come”, was def­i­nitely true for His­panic Her­itage Night Oct. 11 at Har­vey High School in Painesville.

It was the first year for the district-wide event that cel­e­brated cul­ture, rec­og­nized the achieve­ments of English Lan­guage Learn­ers and raised money for a new schol­ar­ship that sup­ports His­panic stu­dents.

A com­mit­tee of about five or­ga­nized the event.

One of those com­mit­tee mem­bers, Ruth Haines, who is also the di­rec­tor of the English Lan­guage Learner pro­gram, said the schol­ar­ship will be named in honor of Vir­ginia Hoose, who was started the ELL pro­gram in Painesville Schools.

“Every bit of her life was ded­i­cated to work­ing with the fam­i­lies in this com­mu­nity and help­ing them in any way she could,” Haines said. “She helped stu­dents in school, helped them to grad­u­ate and helped them be­yond grad­u­a­tion. She’s an amazing woman.”

Pro­ceeds from the raf­fle tick­ets and salsa/pa­zole com­pe­ti­tion

will ben­e­fit the schol­ar­ship. While rais­ing money for a good cause, guests got the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence au­then­tic dishes from Mexico.

Other ven­dors sold tacos, man­goneadas, street corn and Puerto Ri­can pas­tries.

In ad­di­tion to au­then­tic food, there was also a va­ri­ety of cul­tural mu­sic.

The sev­enth grade Cho­rus, Har­vey High School Con­cert Choir, Har­vey High School Jazz En­sem­ble and the Los Kbros band per­formed.

The au­di­ence also en­joyed a quinceañera-in­spired dance.

Haines noted that the event ran suc­cess­fully with the help from many teacher and stu­dent vol­un­teers.

Har­vey High School se­niors David Moreno and Ruby Aboytes said they were de­lighted to ded­i­cate their time to an event that they felt cel­e­brated di­ver­sity and cul­ture.

Su­per­in­ten­dent John Shep­ard, who also served on the com­mit­tee, was pleased with the turnout.

“I’m very proud that my com­mu­nity came to­gether to sup­port this cause,” Shep­ard said.

“It shows that we’re a strong and uni­fied com­mu­nity.”

Nu­mer­ous com­mu­nity part­ners were present in­clud­ing Painesville City Coun­cil, Painesville Ad­min­is­tra­tion, NAACP, YMCA and the Ohio Latino Af­fairs Com­mis­sion.


Stu­dents per­form a quinceañera-in­spired dance at His­panic Her­itage Night Oct. 11 at Har­vey High School in Painesville.

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