The joyful tunes of Mexico reverberated through the halls of Tuttle Middle School on Tuesday as Mariachi Sol Jasciense performed during lunch for the students.
From Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, Tuttle students will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, led by Amy Carrington’s EL Language Arts class.
“We thought the mariachi band would be a great way to kick off our celebration and give our students a taste of what the Mexican culture is like,” Carrington said. “We have a lot more planned for the rest of the month.”
Carrington’s students have created posters to be hung around the school, have brought in artifacts from Mexico, including a genuine leather serape, as well as organized events for their fellow students. Mexican holidays, sports, arts and famous people will all be featured throughout the month.
Alberto Gonzalez and Jairo Armas, two of Carrington’s students, said they have put in a ton of work.
“We brought a bunch of stuff from home and have been working hard on our posters,” Gonzalez said.
“We’re going to have dance demonstrations and contests for everyone,” Armas said, showing off his ‘Hecho en Mexico’ belt buckle.
Tuttle librarian/media specialist Michelle Van Horn has decorated the library red, white and green for the next month.
“All the artifacts are displayed in here. We’ve also pulled every book that relates to Hispanic Heritage and have them displayed on all the counter tops,” Van Horn said. “We really want to show the differences of the cultural perspectives for the kids who might be around that very often.”
Closer to Halloween, students will get to partake in a Dia de Los Muertos skull coloring contest, and former TMS student Guillermo Rodriguez will return to showcase a variety of latin dances.
The students involved in organizing Hispanic Heritage Month are Gonzalez, Armas, Luz Gonzalez, Jacquelyn Muñoz, Avie Garcia, Arturo Lopez, Robinson Morales, Enrique Muñoz, Jon Ortiz, Cristian Hernandez, Brayan Hernandez, James Tinoco and Jesus Resendiz Miranda.