Noche Hispana: October 10, 2013
An AWARD-WINNING evening of Dance, Music, Art, Food & Community"
"Promoviendo este tipo de actividades y eventos, el Consejo Bilingüe ayuda a tejer un manto de diversidad en Blaine Elementary. Queremos que cada niño, incluso aquellos cuyo primer idioma no es el inglés, se sientan bienvenidos e integrados a la comunidad general. Y qué mejor lugar para empezar que su propia escuela."
~ Carlos A. González, Presidente del Consejo Bilingüe --Blaine Elementary
On Thursday, October 10th, over 200 people attended Blaine’s second annual “Noche Hispana” or Hispanic Heritage Night. Blaine’s Bilingual Advisory Committee, headed by President Carlos Gonzalez and Bilingual Lead Teacher Erin Moloney hosted this lively celebration highlighting Blaine’s rich Latino heritage through professional dance, student art, and traditional Latin American dishes.
Noche Hispana was the culmination of Semana Hispana (Hispanic Heritage Week) at Blaine School. The Bilingual Advisory Committee, a group of dedicated bilingual parent volunteers, organized a weeklong celebration of Hispanic Heritage. Special events included a DJ spinning Latin music, a bilingual read aloud with Kindergartners, a traditional Mexican craft, a guest speaker presentation by Liza Echeverria of TNT Latin America, and of course, Noche Hispana.
This cultural celebration was made possible by Blaine’s BAC and PTA organizations. The BAC worked for months planning and organizing, while the PTA was especially generous in their sponsorship of Semana Hispana. Former Blaine PTA president Cara Moroze secured generous grants from both CPS and a nationwide PTO diversity event contest to fund Semana Hispana events.
Noche Hispana was a fantastic demonstration of both Latino culture and these hardworking parents’ commitment to the Blaine community. The parents organized a professional dance showcase that featured four acts. Dancers included Mexican folkloric dance by Blaine student Natalie Galindo, traditional Ecuadorian Dance by the Ballet Folklorico Tuwamari group, an Aztec Dance Celebration by Nahui-Ollin MacuilXochil of Pilsen, and a traditional Spanish dance by Maya Tatiana y Lucero Flamenco.
After the beautiful dance showcase, attendees continued the celebration with a bountiful pot-luck feast of traditional foods from across Latin America. Food service was coordinated by parent Clara Atapuma and staffed by parent volunteers. The cafeteria was transformed by the gorgeous student art from parent Maria Guasso’s after school Arts program, and the celebrating continued as student raffle winners were announced.