District celebrates Hispanic Heritage

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Throughout the month of October, schools in the district celebrated Hispanic Heritage with a variety of assemblies and ceremonies.

Hispanic pride was on full display at all eight of the schools. From special honorees and traditional dance performances to the carrying of vibrant flags and delicious foods to indulge in, commemoration of the rich culture was a treat for all.

Caroline G. Atkinson Intermediate School’s kicked off its celebration of Hispanic Heritage in September with a special Spanish dance performance by students at the Board of Education meeting. In October, the school hosted an assembly featuring additional dance performances.

At the high school, Guidance Chairperson Emma Perdomo and school board Trustee Vilma Lancaster were honored for their contributions to the district at a special assembly.

“I am honored to have received this recognition and proud to serve as a role model to the students at Freeport High School,” Perdomo said.

Dual-language classes at Columbus Avenue School children were featured in two separate assemblies and received visits from Hispanic law-enforcement officials and Freeport Village trustees, while at Archer Street School, Puente workshops were held for students, parents and teachers. The focus of the workshop, which was conducted in Spanish, was to demonstrate how people in various Spanish-speaking countries use different words to describe a common item.

At Leo F. Giblyn School, Mayra Espina’s third-graders received a visit from Freeport Memorial Library Director Kenneth Belefiore for a special Hispanic Heritage-related reading. Afterward, the children enjoyed a variety of homemade Spanish foods, including tacos and empanadas..