Monday, October 16, 2023
Across Milwaukee Public Schools, students and staff celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with dress-up days that featured traditional clothing, educational displays of the countries’ rich culture, and other activities:
Rogers Street Academy
To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, the school at 2430 W. Rogers St. held a cultural parade outdoors on September 15.
The school invited parents and school neighbors to watch as students marched around the block, dressed in cultural clothing.
To celebrate the event, everyone in attendance received a frozen treat: Mexican-style paletas.
Greenfield Bilingual School
Students and staff from Greenfield Bilingual School, 1711 S. 35th St., celebrated Hispanic Heritage month by dressing up to represent their culture or heritage.
Students and staff donned traditional clothing and carried flags from the many countries that are represented at the K4-grade 8 school. Some of the countries represented in the observance included Puerto Rico, Mexico, Peru, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
Alexander Hamilton High School
In the school library, library media specialist Jodie Schauer created a display of fiction and nonfiction books for Hamilton students that spanned a range of topics. The books included Hispanic authors and some written in Spanish.
Students could check out books such as “Mexican Muralists: Orozco, Rivera, Siqueiros,” “Cultures of the World: Puerto Rico,” “Yes! We Are Latinos: Poems and Prose about the Latino Experience,” and “Hija del Guardián del Fuego.”
Hamilton High School is at 6215 W. Warnimont Ave.
Allen-Field Elementary School
Allen-Field drove student awareness throughout Hispanic Heritage Month with a fact of the day during morning announcements.
The K3 Head Start-grade 5 school, at 730 W. Lapham Blvd., also conducted a schoolwide door-decorating contest.
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
The largest observance in MPS was the districtwide Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on October 7 at South Division High School, 1515 W. Lapham Blvd.
More than 300 people attended the celebration, and 15 schools participated in the festive second annual event. Colorful tabletop and floor displays stretched around the cafeteria while a DJ played music in the background; cultural performances were held in the school auditorium.
The theme this year was “Our Afro Latin Roots,” honoring and exploring African heritage in Hispanic countries. For example, a tabletop display on Puerto Rico explained bomba, the music created by enslaved Africans on plantations on the island more than 300 years ago. Bomba is performed on drums and accompanied by dancing. A bomba performance was demonstrated in the auditorium.
Other performances included a poetry reading and dances by MPS students, and several selections by the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Rumba Latin jazz ensemble capped the three-hour event.
Hispanic Heritage Month is observed annually from September 15 to October 15.