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A Taste of Hispanic Heritage at Durant High School

October 03, 2017

In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, Durant High school gave students a taste of what it is like to experience the food and culture in Latin America.

A small committee of eight Hispanic faculty members and several Hispanic students from different countries provided a variety of food and beverages to sample throughout the lunch periods. Students had the opportunity to sample soft drinks, desserts and rice dishes from Latin countries, along with bread and Cuban sandwiches. Support and contributions not only came from faculty, students and parents, but poured in from Publix Super Markets, Latino Supermarkets, along with the delicious and generous La Feria restaurant.

The Arts Council of Hillsborough County contributed to the weeklong celebration, with a flamenco guitarist and dancer dressed in a vibrant, traditional flamenco outfit (traje de flamenca). 

“With this being our pilot year for celebrating as a whole school we hope that everyone enjoyed the festivities. It was exciting to see the students embrace culture, and by the end of the week everyone came out of their shell and unified,” said Evelyn Pearce-Fearon, Durant social worker.

While enjoying food and refreshments students had a chance to view displays of remarkable Hispanic leaders, and were encouraged to learn about them, and celebrate their accomplishments. 

The National Spanish Honor Society set up a display board and sold Pulsera bracelets. These bracelets are handmade by Nicaraguans and Guatemalans. Funds raised benefit countless Central Americans, raising money for scholarships, secondary education programs, human rights issues, environmental projects, youth shelters, in addition to sustaining employment for nearly 200 artisans.

“Despite the political environment in society today, Durant really creates a safe space to celebrate heritage, with no judgement from one student to another,” said Raquel Arias, bilingual paraprofessional at Durant.

This was a true cultural push for the school overall, with students discovering who they are and what they wanted to do in school to celebrate all heritages.

Click here to learn more about Hispanic Heritage celebrations throughout our district.

For more information on Durant High School, visit: http://durant.mysdhc.org/

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