Washougal Dual Language kindergarten students celebrate the Hispanic culture

The new Washougal School District Dual Language Kindergarten classrooms of Kelly Borquist and Veronica Paredes celebrated on September 15 by creating their own flags of Costa Rica and Mexico

National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month is observed in the US from September 15 to October 15, to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx peoples from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

WSD began its Dual Language Kindergarten at the start of the 2021-22 school year. The program filled quickly with eager students. Photo courtesy Washougal School District
WSD began its Dual Language Kindergarten at the start of the 2021-22 school year. The program filled quickly with eager students. Photo courtesy Washougal School District

The new Washougal School District Dual Language Kindergarten classrooms of Kelly Borquist and Veronica Paredes celebrated on September 15 by creating their own flags of Costa Rica and Mexico. “Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month gives students the opportunity to learn about and appreciate the history and countless contributions that people from Latin American nations have made,” explained Borquist.

The new Washougal School District Dual Language Kindergarten classrooms of Kelly Borquist and Veronica Paredes celebrated on September 15 by creating their own flags of Costa Rica and Mexico. Photo courtesy Washougal School District
The new Washougal School District Dual Language Kindergarten classrooms of Kelly Borquist and Veronica Paredes celebrated on September 15 by creating their own flags of Costa Rica and Mexico. Photo courtesy Washougal School District

Students also viewed short, animated videos about the independence won in these countries, they danced and twirled in a traditional “gola” (skirt) and took part in their own Independence Torch Pass. The Torch Pass commemorates runners spreading the news of independence in 1821, from Guatemala through Central American countries, ending in Costa Rica.

Photo courtesy Washougal School District
Photo courtesy Washougal School District
Photo courtesy Washougal School District
Photo courtesy Washougal School District

WSD began its Dual Language Kindergarten at the start of the 2021-22 school year. The program filled quickly with eager students. “Children are most receptive to learning a new language at a young age and doing so helps them gain confidence, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills,” said Borquist. “Learning another language will provide students with greater college and career opportunities in a rapidly diversifying world.”

September 15 is Independence Day for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico celebrates their Independence Day on September 16, Chile on September 18 and Belize on September 21.

Information provided by Washougal School District.

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Katherine3456
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1 month ago

I strongly encourage you to write an opinion piece on this subject and submit it for publication. This sounds like important information for our readers.

Hilda
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Hilda
1 month ago

Why are children being forced to wear masks? Children have a 99.99 survival rate. More children die of the flu or other ailments than they do of Covid (Wuhan virus). Adults have a higher than 98 percent survival rate. When are people going to stop obeying irrational and unconstitutional mandates?

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Matt
27 days ago

My cousins 12 yr old was in a Spanish immersion program for 4 years. He speaks English at a higher level than most kids at regular schools but sadly only knows a few Spanish words. He said they end up speaking English mostly in class. Which sounds reasonable…in America

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max goodfield
25 days ago

Liberal Racism

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