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Hispanic Heritage Celebration Draws Enthusiasm, Intrigue

The celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month was highlighted last week with Winterville Charter Academy hosting families for a night of culture, games, and food.
 
Winterville Student Admissions Representative Elizabeth Nunez helped plan the evening, which featured a special treat for those in attendance: Two children dressed in clothing representing their parents’ home countries.
 
“The mother is from Honduras and father from Mexico,” Nunez said. “The son dressed representing Honduras and daughter wearing a traditional Mexican dress, representing her father. Both were very proud and excited to share with all of us!”

 
The observance of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15) coincides with the independence of several Latin American nations. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua all declared their independence from Spain on Sept. 15, 1821. President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the proclamation for the observance in 1968. Mexico declared its independence from Spain on Sept. 16, 1810.
 
Participants played Mexican bingo, enjoyed tacos from Lime and the Corn food truck, sampled traditional candy from Mexico and other regions of Latin America, and children created artwork.

 
“Having the opportunity to celebrate different cultures always brings me joy,” Nunez said. “Being an AR allows me to be able to plan events and give our students the opportunity to celebrate their family heritage.”
 
Ten Winterville staff members volunteered to help with the event and participated in games and fun with the families.


About Winterville Charter Academy
Winterville Charter Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school in Winterville, North Carolina, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes 98 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit nhaschools.com.