I.S. 126 Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Today’s guest blogger is Elizabeth Ward from the I.S. 126 City Year team in Long Island City, Queens. Elizabeth, 23, is from Astoria, Queens and she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Stony Brook University. Elizabeth also graduated with two minors in English and Journalism and has a passion for blogging.

Corps members (L-R) Jessica Ewing, Elizabeth Ward, and Jacqueline Oregel lead parents and students through a trivia game about Hispanic celebrities and countries.

Homemade empanadas, dancing and pounds of hard candy were all part of I.S 126’s celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month last Thursday, October 13th. The I.S. 126 City Year team hosted a potluck dinner to honor and end the final week of National Hispanic Heritage month. The first floor cafeteria was decorated with student projects and hand-drawn posters of Spanish speaking countries and celebrities. Over 40 guests attended including parents, students, faculty and staff.

The night began with a bilingual summary of the origins and timeline of Hispanic Heritage Month. Next, City Year corps members presented guests with brief biographies of notable Hispanics in media and sports.

Team Leader Vashti Valerius and corps member Raymond Chin served traditional Hispanic dishes to parents, students, and staff.

Lastly, a trivia game engaged parents and students in friendly competition where guests were awarded with candy for their participation. “I’m happy City Year did this,” said Lesli, an 8th grade student at I.S 126. “Everyone was treated nicely and every country was represented.”

The night ended with dinner served by corps members, after- school staff and the assistant principal. Fried chicken, rice and beans, arroz con leche, corn bread and tostada’s were just a few of many dishes that parents brought to the potluck. Students and corps members danced to bachata and merengue music as parents relaxed and enjoyed their dinner.