Harlandale ISD celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Harlandale ISD celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Posted on 09/16/2019
Harlandale ISD celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Harlandale ISD’s Bilingual/ESL Department hosted an evening filled with music, art and learning at Carroll Bell Elementary to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month on Sept. 13.

Administrators, teachers, parents and students were welcomed with a Harlandale ISD Mariachi performance to commemorate the annual celebration.

“This was an opportunity to honor our traditions, our heritage and our children,” Harlandale ISD Bilingual/ESL Coordinator Rosa Palafox-Torres said. “As part of the celebration, our students researched their names and learned the story behind their names, and in it, I think they found the hopes and dreams that their parents had when they named them.”

Community leader Erika Prosper Nirenberg delivered a powerful message: Latinos are leaders. As an advocate for underserved populations and education, Prosper Nirenberg encouraged students to learn about their heritage and to continue their education.

“I want to ensure that you are leaders. Latinos are leaders in the U.S. economy and business growth. People look to us to understand the future of education, music, poetry and food,” Prosper Nirenberg said. “Embrace your heritage, look for your future moments and learn about your history. Be proud of the culture you come from, stand proud of who you are, and get an education.”

Attendees also enjoyed a poetry reading from San Antonio Poet Laureate Octavio Quintanilla, who debuted a poem about the emotional history of his name.

Throughout the evening, families mingled and had the opportunity to view a variety of student art projects highlighting the history of their names.

Attendees also enjoyed poetry readings from San Antonio Poet Laureate Octavio Quintanilla, who debuted an original piece about the emotional history of his name – inspired by the student art exhibit. 

Palafox-Torres encourages schools and the community to participate and share photos of their Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations using the #YoSoyHarlandale and #OrgulloBilingüe. She also invites the community to view testimonial videos of students sharing the history of their names on Harlandale ISD’s social media platforms.

 

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