News - Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month


Highlighting our talented students and drawing from rich community partnerships, the Carlos Rosario School celebrated Hispanic Month with several cultural events at both the Harvard Street and Sonia Gutierrez campuses. School volunteer and photographer Judy Bonderman donated colorful photographs from a recent trip to Peru, which now adorn the walls of both campuses. The celebration also served as an opportunity to reflect on an important historical figure in Salvadoran history: Monseñor Óscar Romero. Students from Janett Arandia’s Computer Literacy classes created an interactive mural where students wrote their thoughts on his life and work. In the classroom, the GED Spanish classes read and discussed the classic Spanish novel Don Quixote. These weeks were full of music and dancing, too. In partnership with the Smithsonian Peruvian performer Vicky Leyva and her ensemble got students on their feet dancing to Afro-Peruvian rhythms. Local musician and Carlos Rosario School alum Lilo Gonzalez sang about El Salvador and told students about his experiences as an immigrant and a Mt. Pleasant resident. Finally, student-led band DC Mariachi entertained people in the hallways and cafeterias of both campuses. The last event was a presentation about environmental protection in Bajo Lempa, El Salvador, brought by Voices on the Border.