Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

October 17, 2023

Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen students recently participated in a series of events and activities in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. “Hispanic Heritage Month is a significant time for our school district as it allows us to honor the rich culture, history, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans,” said Dr. Judith LaRocca, Superintendent of Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen. “It is an opportunity for our students to learn about the diverse backgrounds of their peers and the influential Hispanic figures who have shaped our world.”

At Howell Road Elementary School, students were treated to an assembly featuring performances by the Valley Stream South High School’s Cultural Society. The performances included vibrant displays of salsa, bachata, and the traditional Mexican hat dance, providing students with a glimpse into the rich tapestry of Hispanic Culture.

Willow Road Elementary School students embarked on a series of activities designed to deepen their understanding of Hispanic heritage. They crafted intricate Guatemalan worry dolls, known as Muñecas Quitapenas, a traditional symbol of comfort and resilience. In addition, they immersed themselves in the world of geography, specifically focusing on the five themes of geography (location, place, region, movement, and human-environment interaction). With this knowledge, students assembled a comprehensive “suitcase” filled with intriguing information about Latin American countries.

James A. Dever Elementary School students delved into the lives of various prominent individuals, uncovering their remarkable contributions to society. Students created banners adorned with biography pennants, each one representing a significant Hispanic figure. In addition to the banner project, students engaged with PowerPoint presentations and short video clips about these influential figures. These multimedia resources provided a more in-depth look into the lives and achievements of these individuals.

Wheeler Avenue Elementary School students researched and created colorful biographies about prominent Hispanic figures. The figures ranged from historical figures like Simon Bolivar to Frida Kahlo to contemporary figures like Sonia Sotomayor. In addition to the biographies, the school hallways were also decorated with a Hispanic Heritage Month theme. There were flags from different Hispanic countries and posters with Hispanic artwork inspired by Hispanic culture.