Special to the Auburn Mass Daily

100_0057

Goddard students and teachers join Holy Cross LASO students for some traditional Latin fare.

Merengue music filled the air at The Goddard School on Friday November 1, as families gathered together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

 

Throughout the year, children are exposed to the Spanish language and introduced to multiculturalism via music, food and literature. Teachers at The Goddard School encourage the exploration of cultures and traditions that are different from the children’s own. This year, inspired by the growing diversity within families, Goddard teachers worked together with the College of the Holy Cross Latin-American Student Organization to organize the first annual ‘Family Fiesta!’

 

 

The afternoon started with children making traditional Mexican salsa together in their classrooms. The smell of fresh cilantro and lime seeped through the hallways reminding children of the fiesta that was to come.  Children freely explored traditional clothing, music and, of course, food from a variety of Latin American countries.  The also danced and listened to Spanish nursery rhymes and stories.

Holy Cross students taking part in the Family Fiesta: From top left: Denise Peguero, Belinda Cardoso.  From middle left: Karina Camargo, Yadalis Peralta, Lisa Hua. From bottom left: Christian Ruiz, Ambar Sabino, Maria Palacios

Holy Cross students taking part in the Family Fiesta: From top left: Denise Peguero, Belinda Cardoso. From middle left: Karina Camargo, Yadalis Peralta, Lisa Hua. From bottom left: Christian Ruiz, Ambar Sabino, Maria Palacios

 

Monique Williams, a kindergarten teacher at the school, helped celebrate Dia De Los Muertos – Day of the Dead, a traditional Mexican holiday.  She guided the children in face painting and arts and crafts relevant to the holiday. LASO (Latin American Student Organization) members danced and read stories to children, answering any questions they may have about the LASO students’ countries.

 

“Our country is so diverse, the more open minded children can be in accepting this diversity and embracing the differences in everyone the less of shock cultural differences will be,” says Ms. Ashley-a preschool teacher at the school.

 

– Maria Ravelli is the Spanish Immersion Preschool Teacher at The Goddard School, 494 Washington St. (Rt. 20) in Auburn.