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Léman Celebrates Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

October 16, 2023

September 15th-October 15th marked Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, a time that calls us all to celebrate and build more awareness of the history, culture, and contributions of the Hispanic/Latinx community throughout time.

Throughout this month, faculty and staff members, in collaboration with students, planned different initiatives, celebrations, and events to collectively learn and grow during this commemorative time. Below, learn about just a few ways that the Léman community celebrated this month:

Commencing Celebrations at the Lower School
In September, students in Kindergarten through fifth grade met for their first assembly of the year. Not only was the division-wide meeting a time to reflect on the week, it also served as an informative kick off for Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month. After a brief introduction from DEIJ Director, Lakiya Burrell, students enjoyed an educational (and musical!) video highlighting some of the many contributions of the Hispanic/Latinx diaspora, from literature and scientific advancements, to food and music. Afterwards, fourth graders Isabella G. and Valentina E. recited a poem celebrating all that comes with being bilingual, and the beauty of the Spanish language. The morning’s festivities concluded with a special presentation from CECE and LS Spanish Teacher, Ms. Carpio, who shared with students a traditional dress from Honduras.

Creating Travel Guides at the Upper School
Upper Schoolers assumed roles as travel specialists, creating posters and presentations highlighting the histories and cultures of different Latin American Countries. By collaborating on this immersive and creative project, students were able to take a deep dive on what makes each country special, celebrating each of their unique qualities in the process.

Upper and Lower School Students Find Connection Through Reading
Each month, high schoolers in the Read-Aloud Club visit their younger classmates in CECE and Lower School to share stories highlighting the months of commemoration featured in our DEIJ calendar. Thus far, students have shared the following books in celebration of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month: “Medio Pollito - A Spanish Tale"  by Eric A. Kimmel and "Ancient Night" by David Álvarez.

Spanish Students Research Latinx/Hispanic Culture & History
In class, Lower School Spanish students have been learning more about Latinx/Hispanic culture and history through the execution of brief research projects.

Students in Grades 3 and 4 have been focusing on famed Latinx/Hispanic artists, creating vibrant pieces of artwork inspired by different artistic icons of their choosing.

After conducting research on the culture, history, and geography of various Spanish-speaking countries, fourth graders created posters featuring different flags and facts on different nations around the world.

And finally, fifth graders made presentations about several historical and cultural icons within the Latinx/Hispanic diaspora, highlighting their accomplishments and contributions to the world. 


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