September 29, 2016 by jaqueline16
By: Jaqueline Ramirez
City Honors High School
With Hispanic Heritage month arriving the preparations seem endless. To get in on the action I spoke to Ms. Ruiz, here’s how it went:
Ms. Ruiz defined Hispanic Heritage Month and what it means to her, she said “ I think the Latino Heritage Month to me highlights latino roles in history. All the contributions we have made to the U.S. as an ethnic group.” she hopes that with this celebration the students here are able to take a learning experience from this.
She said “ I hope that they’re able to expand their point of view of the latino community. To see what role we have played. Also go past the typical stereotypes we are linked to and realize how smart, determined and hardworking we are.”
To accomplish her goal, she has been working with the AP Spanish class in getting everything organized. One of her major events will be showcasing Latino accomplishments weekly in her classroom, among these accomplishments we can expect to see historical figures, inventions, traditions, Latinos in entertainment, and much more.
Although Ms.Ruiz has a passion for this celebration, she believes it is not acknowledged by many and needs more awareness. When asked what she believes schools should do to attempt to better this she responded “We should expose students to our culture, not just dedicate a month to Latinos. It’s difficult to really expose 500+ years of history in a such a short amount of time, schools should incorporate our heritage into subjects and lessons.
It is anticipated that with the activities this month, students take this experience and carry it on in the future. I hope to see that in the years to come this celebration does become acknowledged and continues to be celebrated at CHCPA.
We would also like to thank Ms.Ruiz for putting everything together and hope she stays many years.