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McDonnell Elementary School Celebrates Hispanic Heritage

McDonnell Elementary School recently held its annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration, which brought together a packed house full of parents, students, and faculty for an event focused on honoring culture and diversity. A variety of activities before and during the day’s events engaged students in an awareness of Hispanic cultures. Students made flags to decorate the walls, participated in art and writing contests, a parade, and had some fun singing and dancing. The school also welcomed a special guest speaker from NASA, Mr. Jose Matenzo, to speak to students and parents about science and to share his love of salsa dancing.

Ms. Laura Worshim, principal at Mcdonnell Elementary, said that the event has been a regular at the school for a long time, but the parent and community involvement has made it grow in scope each year. She also mentions that the school has a large number of Hispanic students, and the event is part of an effort to “show that we’re here to support all, and we include everybody.” Barbara Cojon, a student at McDonnel, said that the event made her feel “amazing, happy, proud of myself.” Participants also received a fun surprise when Principal Worshim took part in the dances, which is something she’s been doing since a very young age because, as she puts it, “my mom made me do it!”

The event requires a great deal of coordination between the parents, community, and staff of McDonnell. Ms. Christina “Luisa” Perdomo, who is from Venezuela and serves as the school’s parent coordinator, played a large role in ensuring the success of the celebration. Ms. Worshim says that she was a big help, and adds that “we’re all one family and we’re going to do this together!”