The Uniondale Union Free School District’s Northern Parkway Elementary School recently hosted a multicultural event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The celebration, organized by the Northern Parkway PTA, honored the indigenous and native heritage within the Hispanic community. Students were engaged with important lessons about Hispanic culture and discussed influential Hispanic figures of past and present.
Special guest Mr. Luis “Sanakori” Ramos, who represents the Taino Indian culture of Puerto Rico, provided an informative lesson about the Taino culture throughout the Caribbean which includes Haiti, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Barbados, Bahamas, and Trinidad, where many Uniondale families come from. Mr. Ramos put on a performance to help guests understand the mix of culture that exists throughout the community and the importance of accepting and celebrating all ethnicities.
The evening of culture had crafts, music, dancing and food from various countries that share native heritage within the Hispanic community. The Uniondale School District annually recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15-October 15. The celebration is a large part of the Uniondale School District’s ongoing initiative to expose students to diverse cultures and promote tolerance and understanding among its students.