Hispanic Heritage Program

Hispanic Heritage Program
Posted on 10/16/2018
FlagGreetings Bobcat Family; 

When I think of Hispanic Heritage Month, I always remember my fourth grade teacher’s lesson on Puerto Rican baseball player, Roberto Clemente.  She was a good teacher.  Her name is Mrs. Joan Tunbride of then, Bradley East Elementary School in the city of Asbury Park, New Jersey.  Roberto Clemente’ was a famous outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He once said, "When I put on my uniform, I feel I am the proudest man on earth."  At times, he lost some games but his love for the sport superseded the small losses. Clemente, felt so profoundly in love with his calling in life.  He lived his life in service to his fellow man.  He died while on a flight from his native Puerto Rico headed to Nicaragua in 1972.  He was on his way to volunteer his service to the people of Nicaragua.  Mr. Clemente’ also served in the American Marine Corps Reserves.   

From September 15th through October 15th, BOES Bobcats celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month.  Our students and staff honored the wonderful Americans of Hispanic descent.  Our school production featured our very own Bobcat staff and students.  It was our first of various activities we had to culminate Hispanic Heritage Month.   Our Bobcat Zumba All Stars led by Ms. Annette Rios stole our hearts.  Students played popular Latin music using wind, string, and percussion instruments; all at the guidance of our maestro Ms. Karen Lee Schwarz.  The room was full of flags created in Ms. Jean Johnson’s art class.  BOES teachers have been discussing facts from countries assigned to each homeroom with their students.  Under the guidance of our building office team, during our morning announcements, student announcers shared historical Latin American facts.  Bobcat students also will perform in this year’s district Hispanic Heritage Month Extravaganza takin place at the Martin Luther King Middle School on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.  We will close the week with the announcement of the winners of the BOES Hispanic Heritage Month Door Decorating Contest.  

Hispanic Heritage Month is an important part of our children’s education; great teachers have been keeping this part of our culture relevant.  Thank you for the great job teaching Mrs. Tunbridge. Thank you to the BOES staff for your great work this year.  And thank you to all of our (Latin) Americans.    

Educationally Yours, 

Reginald Mirthil, Lead Teacher/Principal
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