by Andrea Ruth, Assistant Head of School
At Wilson, it always starts with our mission. This is especially true in our work with diversity because we want our students to have a respect for and value of differences in people and points of view. Diversity exists in the languages we speak, the colors of our skin, our gender and age, the traditions we observe, the structures of our families, the financial and educational resources in our families, and the special talents and needs we may have. We believe our heritage, beliefs, and choices of expression help to define us as individuals and that our commitment to learning about one another and the larger world unites us as a community. One of our methods is to honor commemorative months in our program. We also have the goal of communicating such activities to our families.
With all grades (in person for PK-1st, and via recorded virtual sessions for all other grades), the meaning and importance of Hispanic Heritage Month were shared during library classes, using a world map with younger grades to help them visualize where we live and where Spanish-speaking countries are located. Immigrants and immigrant communities and the value they bring to the US and our art and culture were discussed.
A variety of literature was shared with students:
Additionally, SK looked at Hispanic countries and their flags on a world map and then replicated flags of these countries. First and third grades learned about the Mexican holiday, El Dia de Los Muertos, discussing how the holiday focuses on the importance of heritage, culture, and remembrance and honoring of loved ones who have passed on. Different foods, celebrations, costumes, and music were explored. Fifth and sixth grades watched a Lincoln Center concert of the Villalobos Brothers. Finally, a banner was created and displayed in front of the school. The Wilson School is proud to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month!
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