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Hispanic Culture Celebrated a Lo Grande!


The Mexican Hat Dance is perhaps cutest when performed by kindergarten, first- and second-graders, Early Education Center students demonstrated.

Led by music teacher Tami Nelson, students celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month by singing Spanish songs and dancing traditional dances for their parents. “Good morning, buenos dias, hola!” they sang.

The majority of students in the district are Hispanic, and Superintendent Kevin Polston encouraged teachers to hold celebrations to honor culture and traditions. Students dressed in traditional costumes and decorated the gymnasium with flags from Spanish-speaking countries.

 

Jocelyn Hernandez leads the dance line

Allysson Calderon, with Bianca Perez following close behind, participates in a traditional dance

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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