Students and staff at the Tallahassee School of Math and Science (TSMS) – a public charter school serving grades K-8 – gathered to celebrate Hispanic culture during the school’s Hispanic Heritage Night on Oct. 17.
The event was dedicated to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Hispanic congresswoman recently elected as a New York representative, who serves as a role model for many young Hispanic students. Then, the program continued with a student performance of a Spanish song and a traditional violin piece.
Each grade was given a different Hispanic country to represent and was tasked with bringing authentic dishes to showcase that country’s culture. Many families participated, and attendees were able to enjoy excellent diverse and authentic Hispanic cuisine provided by the families of TSMS students.
During the meal, attendees were treated to a student-performed puppet show by Tallahassee’s own Hispanic Theatre and a traditional Mexican dance. In addition, there were musical instruments, artifacts and art on display as well as representatives from FSU Hispanic student organizations. The night concluded with a Folklore fashion show and a piñata for the kids.
“TSMS is very proud of our diverse student body,” said Principal Ahmet Temel. “We take every opportunity to showcase and celebrate the richness of our students’ cultures.”
The school hosts events like Hispanic Heritage Night in order to allow students to showcase their unique cultures with pride and connect with each other outside of school.