School-Wide Celebration of Hispanic Heritage

School-Wide Celebration of Hispanic Heritage
Posted on 10/30/2017
“Mariachi Flores” performing for the studentsPHOENIXVILLE, PA ---Friday, October 27, 2017, marked the 14th 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, a “World Cup” soccer game, and even Zumba dance sessions.

During the morning activities, authentic Mariachi band, “Mariachi Flores”, performed for the students. This energetic and entertaining band recently performed for Pope Francis during his September 2017 visit to Philadelphia.

The 2017 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 Hispanic history and culture integrated throughout each subject in the students’ day.

Senora Nidia Wilson-Osorio, Spanish Teacher and one of the event organizers, said, “The Spanish Festival at Renaissance Academy is truly a unique experience for all. Not only is it a fun day of music, entertainment, crafts, and food, but it also exemplifies Renaissance Academy’s tradition of embracing different cultures both within and beyond its walls.” This year, the festival has special meaning to Mrs. Wilson-Osorio as the school held school-wide fundraisers to support those affected by the earthquake in Mexico and the hurricane in the Caribbean, including her homeland of Puerto Rico.