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Danbury High School     43 Clapboard Ridge Road Danbury, CT 06811     (203) 797-4800

The Hatters' Herald

Danbury High School     43 Clapboard Ridge Road Danbury, CT 06811     (203) 797-4800

The Hatters' Herald

DHS’ Hispanic Heritage Month Event

Recognizing the history, journeys, and achievements of Hispanic/Latino Americans, Hispanic Heritage Month provides a platform to highlight their unique voices and experiences.
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Recognizing the history, journeys, and achievements of Hispanic/Latino Americans, Hispanic Heritage Month provides a platform to highlight their unique voices and experiences. These celebrations can serve as an inspiration for younger generations and bring communities together. On September 22, 2023, the school hosted an event celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. This event was hosted by Olga Carcamo and Aimee Reutzel, the class of 2025 advisors.

An event of such magnitude, specifically Hispanic Heritage, was never hosted in the school before. Ms. Carcamo and Ms. Reutzel joined up with the Latino Club, which is run by Mr. Jose Rojas, to start the opening dance and kick-start the event. The Spanish National Honor Society, run by Mrs. Patricia Clua, volunteered to set up for the event. The Hatter’s Cafe, run by Mr. Brian Turner, made aguas frescas for the event, and Mr. Brent Dean, the district director of Academy Partnerships, helped with getting community organizations involved. They had the Dominican Community Center and LEAD (Latinos for Educational Advocacy and Diversity), as well as some board of education members in attendance. There was food from local Latin restaurants and donations from community members and teachers.

And of course, you can’t celebrate without dancing. The music lasted from 7 pm to 10 pm. The DJ was our school’s own Jefferson Maza, a current student whose 18th birthday was on the same day as the event. Ms. Carcamo said “It felt like a family coming together to celebrate. All the students sang Happy Birthday and just enjoyed the night.” Mr. Maza played old-school and new Latin music, which was danced to by the almost 250 students who were in attendance. There were students from all different demographics who could see a glimpse of Hispanic culture. Ms. Carcamo mentioned that they “could not have done it without the help of students, teachers, and the community. [They] hope for this to be the beginning of a tradition and get more involvement as the years go by.” The event turned out to be a massive hit, and the attending students had an absolute blast. They got the opportunity to learn a wide variety of dances from diverse groups of people, making it a truly enriching experience for them. The event surpassed the expectations of the students, leaving them thoroughly satisfied and happy with the outcome. 

Portuguese version / Versão em Português

Reconhecendo a história, as jornadas e as conquistas dos hispânicos/latino-americanos, o Mês da Herança Hispânica oferece uma plataforma para destacar suas vozes e experiências únicas. Estas celebrações podem servir de inspiração para as gerações mais jovens e unir as comunidades. Em 22 de setembro de 2023, a escola organizou um evento em comemoração ao Mês da Herança Hispânica. Este evento foi apresentado por Olga Carcamo e Aimee Reutzel, da turma de orientadoras de 2025.

Um evento de tal magnitude, especificamente a Herança Hispânica, nunca foi realizado na escola antes. A Sra. Carcamo e a Sra. Reutzel juntaram-se ao Latino Club, que é dirigido pelo  Sr. JoseRojas, para iniciar o baile de abertura e dar início ao evento. A Sociedade de Honra Nacional Espanhola, dirigida pela Sra. Patricia Clua, ofereceu-se para organizar o evento. O Hatter ‘s Cafe, dirigido pelo Sr. Brian Turner, fez águas frescas para o evento, e o Sr. Brent Dean, diretor distrital de Parcerias da Academia, ajudou a envolver as organizações comunitárias. Eles contaram com a presença do Centro Comunitário Dominicano e do LEAD (Latinos pela Defesa Educacional e Diversidade), bem como alguns membros do conselho de educação. Houve comida de restaurantes latinos locais e doações de membros da comunidade e professores.

E claro, você não pode comemorar sem dançar. A música durou das 19h às 22h. O DJ foi o próprio Jefferson Maza da nossa escola, atual aluno que completou 18 anos no mesmo dia do evento. A Sra. Carcamo disse que “parecia uma família se reunindo para comemorar. Todos os alunos cantaram parabéns e simplesmente aproveitaram a noite”. O Sr. Maza tocou música latina antiga e moderna, que foi dançada pelos quase 250 alunos presentes. Havia estudantes de todos os grupos demográficos diferentes que puderam ter um vislumbre da cultura hispânica. A Sra. Carcamo mencionou que eles “não poderiam ter feito isso sem a ajuda dos alunos, professores e da comunidade”. [Eles] esperam que este seja o início de uma tradição e obtenham mais envolvimento com o passar dos anos”. O evento acabou sendo um grande sucesso e os alunos presentes se divertiram muito. Eles tiveram a oportunidade de aprender uma grande variedade de danças de diversos grupos de pessoas, tornando-se uma experiência verdadeiramente enriquecedora para eles. O evento superou as expectativas dos alunos, deixando-os bastante satisfeitos e felizes com o resultado.

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Gabrielly Araujo, Staff Writer
Hello! My name is Gabrielly, and this is my first year writing for the Hatters Herald. I joined this class because it offers the opportunity to write about anything and everything you wish to. Personally, I have a deep-seated passion for music and a fondness for binge-watching TV shows.

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    LeticiaOct 20, 2023 at 8:57 am

    Thanks for sharing, great job

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