Teachers and staff, parents and grandparents, family and friends, all packed the house to a standing room only at Blessed Trinity Catholic School’s Annual Hispanic Heritage Show on Nov. 14.
The children fully embraced the evening — from the hair and makeup and flamenco skirts, to the guayabera shirts and sombreros. Students performed songs, dances, and skits to celebrate the Hispanic culture.
The question of the evening was, who enjoyed the show the most? Was it the children who performed their hearts out? Was it the camera-toting parents and grandparents, or was it Blessed Trinity’s Father José N. Alfaro and Principal Maria T. Perez, who sat front and center as the students’ biggest fans, clapping, smiling, and thoroughly enjoying the show?
“Tonight was a time of pride. We are very proud about our Hispanic heritage, but we were particularly proud of our schoolchildren,” said Fr. Alfaro. “Their performance was done with passion and enthusiasm. They had memorized so many lines for the poems and fables. We congratulate their parents and their teachers who worked so hard to make this event so successful!”
The performances began with the fifth-graders shaking and moving as they danced salsa to a song titled “Vivir Mi Vida.” The Pre-K 2- and 3-year-olds performed the traditional children’s song, “Los Pollitos.” The Pre-K 4-year-olds had the audience smiling and dancing in their seats with their song, “Guacamole.” The kindergarten class made the audience laugh, with the traditional humorous song “La Cucaracha.” The second-grade class entertained the crowd with “Ta Bueno Ya,” and the third-grade class had the audience clapping their hands with “Ilarié.”
However, it wasn’t all singing and dancing. The first-grade class did a play about how seeds become sunflowers titled, “De Semilla a Girasol.” The fourth-grade class memorized and performed “4 Fabulas de Esopo,” or more recognizable in the English language as “Aesop’s Fables.”
“The Hispanic Heritage Show at Blessed Trinity gives students an opportunity to learn more about the Hispanic culture and Spanish language,” said Ivannia Van Arman. “Our teachers come up with great dances, plays and skits and our parents are more than helpful when it comes to costumes.” Van Arman, who is better known to the students as Señora Van Arman, is Blessed Trinity’s Spanish teacher. Although humble and quick to give credit elsewhere, Van Arman is the woman behind the scenes who organized the special event.
“I was so very proud of our students and their performances,” said Maria Perez, principal of Blessed Trinity. “I am grateful to our teachers for their amazing dedication and love in bringing forth the talents of all our little ones. The celebration of our past brings us closer to a fulfilled future.”
As the children embraced the Hispanic culture and heritage, each child was able to demonstrate their singing and dancing skills, along with their memorization and Spanish pronunciation skills. With well over 400 hundred people in the audience, students at Blessed Trinity were certainly able to conquer any case of stage fright and without a doubt grow in the area of public speaking.
The Hispanic Heritage Show at Blessed Trinity has been a tradition that students, parents, and the entire community have looked forward to for the past 20 years. This year a beautiful mural of North America and South America hung as the backdrop to the evening. The mural read, “La tierra nos separa, un idioma nos une,” which means, the land separates us, and the language unites us.