From Mid-September through Mid-October, Saint Andrew’s School comes alive with tributes, events, and activities honoring Hispanic Heritage Month.
This year’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage is exceptional due to the myriad ways the students and teachers in the Lower, Middle, and Upper divisions have organized and championed this special month.
SA kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with a tribute to Hispanic cuisine. On September 16, SAGE served a Cuban inspired lunch, with delicious main courses including Cuban mojo pulled pork, roasted chicken with salsa verde, and Cuban black beans. This event was followed up by a Colombian culinary feast prepared by SAGE on September 24 featuring chicken tinga and cheese empanada, beef, chorizo empanadas, Colombian refried beans, and arroz con pollo. Scots can look forward to more delicious delights when the Hispanic Honor Society hosts a bake sale later in the month.
The Middle School has been very involved in making Hispanic Heritage month memorable for students. On September 17, grade 7 students made a short presentation about Hispanic Heritage month at the Middle School assembly which included information such as when, where, and why it is celebrated. The Middle School also placed a literacy lens on Hispanic Heritage in the Schmitt Library by displaying books that highlight Hispanic language & culture.
Hispanic celebrations were an important part of the annual Middle School Student Social event on Friday, September 20. Throughout the evening soiree, Mr. Pozo and Upper School students taught Middle School students salsa and Hispanic dancing. “This is the type of fun activity that I witnessed foster cultural awareness, as well as promote connections between the Upper and Middle School,” said Head of Middle School Ann Haynes.
Grade 6 students shared their recognition of Hispanic Heritage month when they visited the Lower School to teach numbers and colors in Spanish to Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes on Tuesday, September 24 and Thursday, September 26. Grade 6 student Mason Parrish ’26 and his classmates took turns leading young Scots during interactive presentations as Spanish teachers, Senora Nathalie Young, Senora Carmen Ashley, and Senora Laura Davis looked on with pride.
The Upper School has facilitated and promoted Hispanic Heritage in ways that are noteworthy, not only this month but also throughout the year. The Hispanic Organization of Latinx in Action (HOLA) club is organized by a team of committed students including President Amaia Arizmendib ’21, Co-Vice President Aura Manueco ’20, Co-Vice President Arianna Arizmendi ’23, and Senior Rep. Camila Ferreira ’20, as well as club advisor Marta Guevara.
“HOLA emphasizes the Spanish culture for anyone who is interested in joining,” said Amaia. Along with other SA clubs, HOLA hosted a table at the club fair on September 13 to entice new membership and participation. “The goal is for our members to develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be Hispanic,” she added.
HOLA achieves this goal by spreading cultural knowledge among the community. “In the club, there will be many opportunities throughout the year to represent oneself through activities such as club bonding through food, sports, movies, dance, community service, and more,” offered Amaia.
The Upper School also looks forward to an exciting Hispanic Heritage month activity in which the school welcomes guest speaker El Padre Alberto Cutié to campus. Padre Cutié, an internationally recognized Episcopal priest who has hosted TV and radio shows, will speak during Upper School assembly on Friday, October 11.
Aura Manueco ’20 sees tremendous value in the many ways SA is celebrating Hispanic Heritage month this year, thanks to the efforts of many teachers including Upper School World Languages teachers, Danielle Firmino and Veronica Guinazu. “Saint Andrew’s has played a big role in building my feeling pride as a Hispanic person, while also exposing me to many different cultures,” she said.
This Scots senior hopes that the school will continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month next year - and that it becomes a lasting tradition for the school for years to come. “Espero que todos disfruten del mes de la herencia Hispánica como yo!”