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Glen Arden Celebrates Hispanic Heritage
Glen Arden Celebrates Hispanic Heritage
Posted on 09/29/2021
Teachers plan a cultural celebration in the car rider line for Hispanic Heritage Month.Featured Photos: 1) Teachers wave farewell to students and families in the Sept. 24 car rider line. 2) Gabby Martinez waves to families at the end of the school day. 3) Glen Arden Elementary teachers wear traditional clothing from their countries of origin.

By: Benjamin Rickert
BCS Communications Dept.

Glen Arden Elementary gives students a larger view of the world.

On Friday afternoon, Sept. 24, parents arrived to pick up their children and found a festive outdoor party waiting for them. As teachers helped students board vehicles, they cheered, wore traditional clothing, carried flags, and displayed colorful photos of Spanish-speaking countries around the world. It was part of the school’s observance of Hispanic Heritage Month and underscored an ongoing commitment to global education.

Gabby Martinez waves to families at the end of the school day.“It’s important for kids to learn that we have a big world with all different kinds of people,” said first grade teacher Gabby Martinez, who began her career in education 17 years ago in Mexico. “This is a special month, so we decided to have a big celebration to show our culture and involve our community.”

As part of the Dual Language Spanish Immersion program, Glen Arden employs teachers from Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, and Colombia. Throughout the year, these teachers lead the charge in inspiring students with the language, music, foods, dances, decorations, and traditions of their countries of origin, along with more than 20 other Spanish-speaking countries around the world.

Hispanic Heritage Month began on Sept. 15 to coincide with the independence day celebrations of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Additionally, Mexico’s Independence Day is Sept. 16.

This past week, students made special crafts and learned how bells, lanterns, flowers, and flags are used these celebrations. They also enjoyed watching their teachers dress in ornate traditional clothing.

Glen Arden Elementary teachers wear traditional clothing from their respective countries.“We are so passionate to share our cultures with the students,” said Martinez. “We love this country, and we love our countries, too.”

In February, Glen Arden Elementary was among only 12 schools to be named a Global-Ready School by the North Carolina State Board of Education in February. As schools across Buncombe County celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Glen Arden is well-positioned to give students a unique cultural experience.

“We wanted to give our teachers the chance to share their lives with students and families, and Hispanic Heritage Month has been a wonderful opportunity to do so,” said Principal Kristina Specht.

Stay tuned for an upcoming Never Stop Learning story by WLOS news during the week of Sept. 27, featuring this outdoor celebration at Glen Arden Elementary!

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