San Angelo ISD students lined the steps of City Hall this morning to join the San Angelo Hispanic Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in celebration, honor and paying tribute to the Hispanic community for their many contributions to our city, nation and society at a celebratory commencement event for Hispanic Heritage Month this September 15 - October 15th.
The award-winning Lake View High School Mariachi Los Caciques, a premier music ensemble specializing in traditional Mexican folk music, and the Fort Concho Elementary Las Damitas y Los Charritos, a dance group showcasing traditional Mexican dance, exemplified some of the cultural contributions of American citizens of Hispanic descent through performances at the event.
“I love sharing the traditions of my Hispanic culture with my students. I see it as an opportunity to incorporate art and music by teaching my students the traditional folk dances from Mexico,” said Fort Concho Elementary second grade teacher and Las Damitas y Los Charritos dance group sponsor Lena Rivera. “I hope that my students will look back on this day and remember the importance of celebrating the accomplishments of Hispanics and its impact on us.”
The Fort Concho Elementary dance group made up of second graders performed traditional folk dances like the Mexican Hat Dance in Mexican style dresses of red, green and white and serape sashes. The LVHS Mariachi dressed in a silvery blue embroidery in the style of Mexican charros with Lake View emblems emblazoned on sleeves and wide-brimmed sombreros, serenaded the event audience with a selection of traditional songs, including El Pollito, Los Laureles and El Son de La Negra. LVHS Mariachi is led by Director Rosendo Ramos and Ezra Ramirez.
In addition to the talents on display by the Fort Concho dancers and LVHS Mariachi, SAISD also proudly celebrates two San Angelo ISD alumni highlighted at the event, guest speaker San Angelo Police Department Lieutenant Mike Hernandez and featured musician Tommy Tarango.
CHS alumni Lieutenant Hernandez spoke of the importance of the month, the varied contributions of the Hispanic community to San Angelo, including his family and his late mother who touched the lives of students at Glenmore Elementary School and Lake View High School - former SAISD Difference Maker staff member Fidelia Guerrero. LVHS alumni Tommy Tarango followed Lieutenant Hernandez, and sang tribute songs by the icon of traditional Mexican music, the late Vicente Fernandez.
SAISD thanks the Hispanic Heritage Museum & Cultural Center for their leadership in honoring the Hispanic community, for heading Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, and for their support and celebration of our students and Difference Maker educators. This morning’s event began with a welcome and reading of the official proclamation of Hispanic Heritage Month in the City of San Angelo by City Manager Daniel Valenzuela. Events and activities in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month will take place on many of our campuses to highlight the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the nation and the local community. San Angelo ISD is proud to celebrate all the ways our students are smart and the many differences that make our students uniquely gifted, and Hispanic Heritage Month highlights are one more way we do that. To stay up-to-date on San Angelo ISD, please visit the SAISD website at www.saisd.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic American Heritage Month is celebrated annually from September 15 through October 15, and is a time to celebrate the contributions of people whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. It began in 1968 as a week-long celebration and expanded in 1988. This year the theme is “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.” Hispanic Heritage Month highlights the Hispanic community’s histories, cultures and contributions to the areas of science, fine arts, technology, and many others. Throughout the 30-day period, San Angelo ISD honors the unique diversity and contributions of Hispanic and Latino culture, specifically within the walls of our campuses and touching the hearts and minds of our students.