Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. At Mother Seton Academy, we also participated in the recent celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. As part of our preparations, our Hispanic students, with help from our media specialist Sr. Jeanne Barasha, SSND, formed a committee to plan how to celebrate the occasion. As a culminating activity, Hispanic students invited their classes to the library for a presentation about their individual heritage.
Students shared information on their home countries, including traditions and customs, food and drink, and music. They also displayed flags of each country, along with artifacts including traditional clothing. The library was also festively decorated for the occasion. Sr. Jeanne said: “One of the greatest realizations our students learned was that for our Hispanic students Spanish is the primary language spoken in the home. It was a great learning experience for our kids.”