Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with flair


The Amityville Union Free School District concluded its month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a trio of evening celebrations at the three elementary schools. During the week of Oct. 17-21, festivities took place at Northeast, Northwest and Park Avenue.

Northwest Elementary School welcomed singer Raffi Caballero who performed a variety of songs, as well as a zumba instructor. Guests danced the salsa, merengue and bachata before eating dinner. Students from the National Junior Honor Society at Edmund W. Miles Middle School volunteered their time.

At Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School, audience members sat at table representing different Latin American nations and noshed on chips and salsa as they were entertained and educated. Students portrayed famous Latin Americans such as Roberto Clemente, Oscar de la Hoya and Selena Gomez. They also showed flags from Spanish-speaking countries and shared facts about those nations.

Following a musical performance, guests were treated to a buffet dinner featuring empanadas, rice, beans, chicken, pork and more.

“This was an opportunity for our students to celebrate their cultures and share information with their friends, family and neighbors,” said Park Avenue Principal Robyn Santiago. “It was all about the kids and bringing the school community together.”