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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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The Sachem Central School District recently celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month across its buildings. Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and honors the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens who have Hispanic roots.

Many activities and lessons revolving around Hispanic Heritage Month took place across Sachem. For example, many art classes worked on projects inspired by Hispanic artists. At Hiawatha Elementary School, Ms. Patricia Puls’ students reimagined the Mona Lisa after viewing Fernando Botero’s version of the iconic painting and painted butterflies inspired by Lourdes Villagomez. Additionally, fifth graders created geometric animals inspired by the artist, Okuda San Miguel.

Elementary school counselor Mr. Justin Morales led assemblies that recognized the contributions of iconic musicians of Latin culture. At Lynwood Avenue Elementary School, Mr. Morales discussed the impact of artists including Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Selena. Additionally, he taught students how to salsa dance, with the help of a special guest, Mr. Morales’ mother.

At Tamarac Elementary School, award-winning author Adriana Devers visited students and read one of her stories. During the read aloud, she taught students words in Spanish and embraced the Hispanic culture that influenced her writing.

The Foreign Language Honor Society at Sachem High School North held an event to teach their peers about Hispanic Heritage Month. They created a “live museum,” dressing up and acting as famous Hispanic Americans. Spanish classes walked through the museum, asking questions about each individual.

Students were eager to learn about the Hispanic culture and the many contributions made by Hispanic Americans. The districtwide celebrations embraced diversity and history.

Check out some photos of the celebrations across our buildings below!

Date Added: 10/20/2022