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The following article was posted on September 25th, 2013, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 14, Issue 29 [ Submit a Story ]
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 29

Students celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

BY CAMILLIA LANHAM


KNOWLEDGE THROUGH READING
Students in Santa Maria High School’s Chicano/Latino studies class read books written by or about Latinos to students at David Sanchez Elementary School in celebration of Latino Heritage Month.
PHOTO COURTESY OF SANTA MARIA JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

Santa Maria High School’s Chicano/Latino studies class took a trip to David Sanchez Elementary School for a book-sharing session on the morning of Sept. 18.

More than 20 students read children’s books written by or about Latinos to elementary school youngsters in order to share culture and promote literacy for Latino Heritage Month.

In a press release, Santa Maria High history teacher Ricardo Valencia said the outreach allows students to share the rich legacy of Latino history, encourages them to be proud of their heritage, and promotes higher education.

“Everyone benefits from reading multicultural text,” Valencia said in the release. “Students who see themselves and can relate to what they read and learn about are often more engaged academically.”

Valencia graduated from Santa Maria High in 2001, and also read to younger Santa Maria area students as part of the month-long heritage celebration. In the release, Valencia said it was important for him to be able to keep that experience alive by continuing the reading tradition.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. It began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and was expanded in 1988.