Shields Elementary Spanish immersion students marked Hispanic Heritage Month by learning about contributions and influence Hispanic Americans have had on the history, culture and achievements of the United States.
Second-grade Spanish Immersion teacher Yanira Sanchez said the purpose of this celebration was to expose students to aspects of Latin American culture and allow Spanish-speaking students to showcase and embrace their culture.
Students researched 23 different Spanish-speaking countries around the world to learn their locations, holidays and customs during the month-long observation Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
Sanchez said the school counselor and all second-grade teachers participated by donning their most festive attire to culminate the unit. First-grade English teacher Christine Charles and first-grade Spanish teacher Elizabeth Nunez-Pena said the event encouraged embracing diversity and celebrating the cultural heritage of all the students.
Kindergarten immersion teachers Erin Handley and Andrea Elling said the celebration made a big impact on students, whose minds were opened to different ideas and cultures. The immersion team hopes to hold an even bigger celebration next year.