Last week, one of CSG’s newest foreign language teachers helped Lower School students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15.
Señora Rocío Knotts, an Argentine native who joined CSG as a Lower and Middle School Spanish faculty member this year, helped students learn more about the history, culture, and achievements of Hispanic Americans during a special assembly for Lower Schoolers.
September 15 is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and 18, respectively. Also, Día de los Muertos, which is a Mexican cultural holiday celebrated on November 1, falls within this 30-day period.
One Hispanic American that Señora Knotts highlighted during the assembly is engineer and astronaut Ellen Ochoa, who was the first Hispanic woman in space (and later the first Hispanic director of the Johnson Space Center). To illustrate Ellen Ochoa’s story, Señora Knotts read The Astronaut With a Song for the Stars by Julia Finley Mosca.
Señora Knotts also brought several beautiful pieces of artwork from South America, including three artisan arpilleras, which are brightly colored patchwork textile pictures that illustrate life in parts of Peru. She also brought a mate set, including a cup, a straw, and loose tea leaves. Mate is a South American drink that is traditionally shared among a group of friends or family.
Thank you, Señora Knotts, for helping us celebrate this special month!