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Students Showcase “One Proviso” During Cinco De Mayo Celebrations

May 22, 2018 05:09 PM
District 209 (D209) is proud to have a diverse student body and believes in fostering a racially and ethnically diverse educational environment that encourages all students to respect and embrace people from different backgrounds and cultures. Throughout the year, D209 students, faculty, and staff have organized events that highlight and reflect the diversity of our students. The most recent celebration at D209 were the Cinco de Mayo festivities.
The Cinco de Mayo celebration, "Our Warrior Spirit," at Proviso East was led by Mrs. Arias, a Bilingual Science teacher. Mrs. Arias was inspired to develop the Cinco de Mayo program at Proviso East though her participation in the District-led "Grit and Growth Mindset" project. The program included dance and poetry selections based on the conceptual guidelines of the "Grit and Growth Mindset" project led by the Multicultural and Speech Clubs at Proviso East.
"The students worked hard to present the authentic importance of their own values and cultural experience not just in our school but society," said Mrs. Arias.
At Proviso West High School, the UNIDOS Club held a program for their classmates titled, "All We Want to Say is Care About Us." UNIDOS is one of the largest clubs at Proviso West, it focuses on the Latino culture of the Iberian Peninsula, Mexico, Central and South America with a blend of African rhythm and culture. UNIDOS club is involved in many activities in and out of school which include promoting Latin heritage, dance, sports, community service and providing students with the opportunity to excel in academics.
Approximately 35 to 40 students worked together under the leadership of club sponsor, Ms. Diana Medina, to deliver a wonderful production that showcased Latino culture and students coming together from various backgrounds to call for a united front of human dignity and civil rights.
"Students worked very hard to learn all the assigned dances and helped me with the set. Students love these productions because they feel honored and appreciated. They like to showcase their amazing talents to the school and I am extremely proud of all their accomplishments and commitments," said Ms. Medina.
Proviso West students in Ms. Amy Moreno’s Spanish classes, learned about the cultural and historical contributions piñatas have in Hispanic culture through a Spanish Piñata project. Students started designing their piñatas on April 25th and learned various decoration techniques; designs ranged from basketballs to traditional colorful piñatas. After days of designing, preparing paper mache paste and piñata bases with balloons, students were able to see their projects come to fruition on May 5th.  On that day, students went out to the courtyard and displayed their piñatas.  
"Every year I look forward to seeing how competitive my students become in making the best piñata and how this project also fosters collaboration among them," said Ms. Moreno.
D209 thanks Ms. Medina, Mrs. Arias, and Ms. Moreno for keeping our students engaged and interested in learning about each other’s cultures. #ONEPROVISO 
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