RA Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

RA Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
Posted on 10/29/2013
“Mariachi Flores”

PHOENIXVILLE, PA ---Yesterday, October 28th, 2013 marked the 10th annual Renaissance Academy Spanish Festival.  The students in grades kindergarten through 12th  grade enjoyed a variety of special treats and activities including crafts, face painting, piñatas, Hispanic food, and even Salsa and Merengue dance lessons.  There was also a “World Cup” soccer game and the authentic Mariachi band, “Mariachi Flores”, performed for the students throughout the day.

Quincy Lee, 5th grader at Renaissance, said, “I thought the Spanish Festival was so great that I wish it would have lasted even longer.  My favorite part of the day was getting to take my turn whacking the piñata.”   He went on to say, “I will really look forward to next year’s festival.”

The 2013 Spanish Festival wrapped up a month long, school-wide focus in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month.  Each morning, the school day began with students in grades 2-12th reading the Renaissance Academy code of conduct in Spanish over the school intercom.  There was a daily 1st-12th grade high school Spanish trivia contest and Hispanic history and culture was integrated throughout each subject in the student’s day.

Heidi Block, Spanish Teacher and one of the event organizers, said that she was so proud of the hard work all the teachers put into making this month-long, cross curriculum intensive such a success.  “The students seem to truly enjoy learning about different cultures and are eager to get involved, whether it is decorating the hallways or manning one of the event stations.”  Ms. Block went on to say, “This is truly a collaborative event, which is so typical of the community-like spirit here at Renaissance.”