Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

October 12, 2022

(OCTOBER 2022)—Hispanic Heritage Month is in full swing at Valley Stream UFSD Thirteen. Students are enjoying celebrating and recognizing the influences of Hispanic American people and their contributions to our country.

“Hispanic Heritage Month is an exciting month for our students,” said Dr. Judith LaRocca, Superintendent of Schools. “This month is yet another great opportunity to celebrate diversity in the classroom and our community as well as learn about Hispanic history and the achievements of Hispanic Americans throughout our country’s history.”

Howell Road Elementary School students learned all about Guatemala from Mrs. Marquez, a class parent, who visited the classrooms to discuss Hispanic heritage. She even brought in a Guatemalan blanket for students to both observe and hold. 

Wheeler Avenue Elementary school students learned about different Hispanic countries and their cultures. As part of the lesson, the students used their artistic talent in creating flags of different countries.

James A. Dever Elementary School students studied Hispanic and Latino Americans that have contributed to the U.S. They used their smartboards to participate in an interactive multiple-choice pop quiz.

Willow Road Elementary School students honored Hispanic Heritage Month by researching influential Hispanic Americans. They learned about their background, significant life events, and achievements as well as their famous quotes. Afterward, they created mini posters to create a huge banner that is currently on display in their school hallway.