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WPHS Spanish Classes Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Exhibit

By: Gaby Maldonado

WHITE PLAINS – As the nation celebrated the vibrant diversity of Hispanic culture during Hispanic Heritage Month, WPHS’ Spanish classes created an informative display honoring Latin American heritage.

Four classes, each with a unique focus, came together to create this exhibit. Ms. Restrepo's classes focused on the world of Afro–Latin Americans and Indigenous people, highlighting their cultural contributions and historical importance. Ms. Villarie's classes explored the diversity of Latin American literature, showcasing celebrated authors and their recognitions. Ms. García's classes focused on the culture of Mexico, emphasizing the country's traditions, food, and history. Lastly, Ms. Farenholc's classes learned about Latin American dance and culture, sharing information about the energy that defines these societies.

“We tried to cover everything from indigenous people, foods and celebrations; everything for a Latino to have strong pride and feel comfortable being Latino,” said Ms. Villarie.

“We wanted the students to see themselves. Show the school different parts of our culture so they learn that we are much more than just our language,” said Ms. Restrepo.

The exhibition served a vital purpose by promoting understanding, respect, and unity among students, fostering an environment of appreciation for cultural diversity. It allowed students to explore the rich tapestry of Hispanic cultures.

One student, Genesis Maldonado, shared her favorite part in the process of creating the display. "I loved learning about Afro-Cubans and how they celebrate their lives. It was nice to see everyone working together to create something beautiful," she said.

Looking to the future, the Spanish teachers hope to continue organizing cultural celebrations. These exhibits not only provide a platform for students to learn about different cultures, but also foster a sense of pride among Hispanic students, who can see their heritage being celebrated and shared with the community.

“The kids who are Latino or Hispanic see themselves represented and feel like they belong,” Ms. Restrepo said.

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