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PTHS D.209 Celebrate Latino Heritage

May 19, 2017 06:23 PM
PTHS D.209 celebrated a week of Latino culture throughout the week of May 2nd to May 5th. Faculty, staff, and students showcased the culture, experiences, achievements, and traditions of Latino heritage through dance, art, and music.
Proviso East High School Raza Unidos Club organized a dance to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with staff and students. Over sixty people were in attendance and danced to music played by a DJ and Banda. "The event was a success. We want to thank everyone who attend and helped make this possible!" said Mrs. Haide Noyola, Spanish translator at Proviso East High School. 
On May 5th students at Proviso West took part in the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. In order to prepare for this celebration, the Spanish 2 and Spanish 2 Honors students created their own piñatas using the paper-mache method. They also learned various techniques used in Mexico to decorate authentic piñatas.
"My favorite part of the piñata project was being able to see my piñata slowly come to life," said Marcus Smith, Proviso West student.
"Every year I see students become passionate about constructing and designing their piñatas. This project encourages students to demonstrate their creativity and learn about Spanish culture," said Ms. Amy Moreno, Spanish teacher at Proviso West.
Proviso West students enjoy having the opportunity to take part in customs and traditions that are authentic to the Hispanic culture. After they create their piñatas they go outside on May 5th and break the piñatas with their fellow language peers. Students get to see their creations come to life and end with the reward of sweet treats.
 "Being able to share with my peers while learning how to make a piñata and then having the opportunity to actually take part in the breaking of a piñata is something I have never done," said Shyiem Wesley, Proviso West student.
 "The best thing about making piñatas was doing one last fun project to remember as we leave Proviso West," Jes’Sundra Anderson, Proviso West student.
The Proviso West High School UNIDOS Club celebrated Cinco De Mayo with a Latin culture program that featured dancing and singing by students and community groups. The program was seen by the student body during the school day and the community was invited to an evening showing.  Proviso West students displayed their talent through dances and songs ranging from Salsa to Mariachi music.
"I always try to teach our students to be respectful of all cultures and to be proud of their own. Having our yearly presentations allows us to come close and bond as proud individuals and accepts the richness of every culture. Proviso has a lot of talent and we will keep working hard to make sure our school, community, parents, and peers are proud," said Ms. Diana Medina, Proviso West Unidos Club sponsor.


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