During Morning Meetings at Conshohocken Elementary School (CE) from September 15 to October 15, the students explored the history, culture and contributions of Hispanic Americans in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.
"I learned that hola means hello," said CE kindergartener Lucas Flaherty.
While the celebration honors Hispanic Americans with ties to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America, CE focused on countries with current connections to the students and staff, including Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Chile, Belize and Costa Rica. The children watched the Mexican Hat Dance, learned about Hispanic American Astronaut Ellen Ochoa and talked about Hispanic foods.
"I like that I saw quesadillas on the food section, because quesadillas are my favorite food," said CE Third Grader Reyli Prieto Elguera, who speaks both Spanish and English.
National Hispanic Heritage Month lessons also took place in the students' specialist classes. For example, they studied Mexican artist Frida Kahlo in art class, Angelica Negron and Juan Garcia Esquivel in music, and baseball Player Roberto Clemente in gym.
Several Hispanic recipes — as well as family recipes that represent all different cultures at CE — will be included in the school's upcoming cookbook.
The observation of National Hispanic Heritage Month started as a week-long celebration under President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 and expanded to the current 30-day period under President Ronald Reagan in 1988.