Rhythms of Hispanic Heritage

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Northwest Elementary School hosted its annual Hispanic Heritage event on Oct. 13, during which students and their families enjoyed music, dancing, artwork and food that celebrate Hispanic culture.

To kick off the evening’s festivities, Principal Vincent Todisco offered words of welcome and expressed the pride he possesses for his heritage. “It is with much pride that I welcome you, because I could not be more proud of my culture along with all the traditions and values I grew up with,” he said. “It is wonderful to celebrate my culture and all the other cultures with you here tonight.”

Coordinator and second-grade teacher Melissa Asbell introduced guest presenter Alfred Pena, founder of social Latin dance studio Rhythmology. In his presentation, Pena shared the history of the salsa, mambo and bachata and demonstrated the different movements and rhythms of each style. Parents and students were welcomed to dance along with Pena as he led the group through simple bachata steps.

The event continued with traditional Hispanic cuisine served by staff and members of the National Junior Honor Society. The dinner featured a variety of foods and desserts, including rice, empanadas, quesadillas and coconut bread pudding.