Hispanic Culture Celebrated a Lo Grande!

Ashley Jaime-Damian grabs the arm of traditionally dressed Alejandra Diaz-Hernandez

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
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese 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 and On-the-Town Magazine. Besides covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network, she writes freelance for the travel industry. Read Erin's full bio


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