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Hispanic Heritage Month at El Sol

Students Bring Hispanic Leaders to Life for Celebration

Third graders at El Sol Elementary brought learning and Hispanic Heritage Month to life with a living wax museum in October.

Students in Claire Vahue’s third-grade classroom at El Sol researched and wrote about notable Hispanic leaders and then presented their interpretations of the famous members of the Latino community.

The students researched secondary sources, took notes and wrote paragraphs about important people, their work and, most importantly, their roles as leaders. “Researching a topic can be lots of fun,” Frankie Goldstein said.

“With the presidential election coming up, I really wanted students to reflect on the qualities of a good leader,” Vahue said. “According to my students, kindness counts.”

In an effort to tie learning to a day traditionally reserved for Halloween or fall celebrations, students dressed up “in character” and took on firstperson perspectives during the wax museum.

Even though students were challenged by the hard work, Nancy Mejia-Garcia said, “I learned to try your best, and the hard work is worth it.” They found that learning about notable Hispanics even related to the Promise. In writing about poet Julia de Burgos, Paola Vargas said, “Julia taught me that I can go to college, too.”
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