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Shiloh Elementary celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and Diversity Appreciation Week

We are celebrating the Hispanic Heritage Month here at Shiloh. Shiloh has 60 Hispanic Families recognize during this National Celebration. Senora Patricia Medina, our Spanish teacher, is teaching the students to learn more about the cultures and contributions of people of Hispanic Heritage.

The theme for Hispanic Heritage Month this year is “Heritage Diversity, Integrity and Honor: The Renewed Hope of America.” Hispanic Americans are one of the fastest growing population groups in the United States.

Hispanic Heritage Month began September 15, with the celebration of the anniversary of Independence for five Central America countries. They are: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico is celebrating its 200 years of freedom from Spain. Chile, in South America, gained its Independence on September 18. Hispanic Heritage Month extents into October 12 to celebrate “ El Dia de la Raza “ or better known as Columbus Day. This celebration acknowledges the many nationalities that are present in the history of Latin America. These nationalities include the many Native American tribes and Civilizations such as the Mayas, Aztecs and Incas, and the European nationalities of Spain and Portugal.

Shiloh is celebrating and bringing to life this special time for children who are, have parents of Hispanic descent and American children to learn how other cultures interact.
Senora Medina has created a “ Museo Latino Americano “ or
“Latin American Museum,” where students are going to explore many diverse and rich cultures from Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain and the Caribbean, to South and Central American countries.

The students will listen to traditional stories, watch videos, play mariachi music, play traditional games, learn about the different currency, traditional clothes and past and present in Latin America.

Please come and visit Senora Medina’s class. It is filled with history and traditions of Latino America. This museum will be in display all year long.

Shiloh is also recognizing other cultures as well by having different activities during the week of September 27 to the 30. Such activities are: saying the pledge in different languages, listening to music from other countries, listening and reading traditional stories, diverse menus to select from the cafeteria.

Diversity Appreciation Week will be an exciting opportunity for Shiloh students to engage with the traditions of countries like Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Mexico, Romania and Viet Nam.

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month
Diversity Appreciation Week


Written by: Patricia Medina
Posted: Sep 28, 2010 by Mr. Mark Greene

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