One week later, the Brooklyn Friends School community is still buzzing from the festivities at the inaugural Latinx Heritage Celebration on the evening Friday, November 2nd. Organized with heart and hard work by a group of faculty members led by Laura Murtula, Myriam Juarbe, Maria Sanchez, Felix Alberto and Kim Allen and with the support of Head of Middle School Glen Pinder, the event highlighted many facets of our community including our World Languages curriculum, the visual and performing arts and our dedication to Service Learning and Civic Engagement.
The event kicked off with a postcard writing campaign organized by the PAT Service Learning and Civic Engagement Committee. Students wrote postcards to children in Immigration Detention Centers in Texas and New York. The party then began in the Lobby and Cafeteria. Peruvian musicians played folkloric music to greet guests.
The Cafeteria was packed as guests enjoyed delicacies from Spanish-speaking countries that were cooked and donated by community members. Sales of the delicious food raised $3,000 for BFS community partner Teens4PR. Middle School Spanish students presented their research on Spanish-speaking countries as younger students “visited” each country and received a stamp in their passports.
The celebration continued in the Lower Gym with performances by the IB Dance students who performed Afro Caribbean dances, the Middle School choir who sang Spanish nursery rhymes, and the Upper School choir who sang Latin American songs. The Panthers Supreme gave their first performance of the academic year in colorful ensembles. There was then a professional Latin dance showcase followed by dance lessons that partnered students with their parents.
The School thanks the dedicated group of faculty members, students and all community members who made this celebration a tremendous success.
Enjoy photographs from the Celebration below.