SUMMIT, NJ - Washington Elementary School held its fourth annual Hispanic Festival, celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, and bringing the community together to appreciate and learn from other cultures.
The Washington gym was awash in a sea of colors as families and students from 12 Latin American countries were represented. There was a display booth for each country, showcasing artifacts, books, and various memorabilia endemic to that nation. Music filled the air and students and teachers all participated ogether in a salsa and cha-cha-cha dance class.
"We want to bring to life the heritage of our the Latin American families, creating awareness and celebrating our different backgrounds," said Washington teacher Anna Gomez. Gomez praised the work of fellow Washington teachers Ana Ventoso, Dierdre Murphy, and her fifth grade leadership group, Ole Ole, for putting the event together.
"Ole Ole is comprised of a group of 12 fifth-grade students who do many great things, including a buddy / mentor reading program, are trained lifesavers, run our lost & found and clothing drive, and go caroling during the holidays at senior centers," said Gomez.
After a parade of nations featuring students and their parents, there was a group sing-a-long, with each student waving a miniature flag from countries around the world.