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November 7th, 2012

Fostertown school hosts first Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Fostertown ETC Magnet School in Newburgh, NY recently held its first annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration on October 24, 2012. Students performed cultural songs in both English and Spanish, and a special dinner was made using influences from Hispanic cultures and traditions.

NEWBURGH - On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, Fostertown ETC Magnet School hosted an evening of food and entertainment celebrating the school’s first annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration.

The special event culminated National Hispanic Heritage Month which was held from September 15 until October 15, 2012.

The event began with a concert by Dual Language Program students, in kindergarten through fourth grades, performing cultural songs in Spanish and English.

Following the spirited performance by the Dual Language Program students, the event concluded back in the classrooms, where the students were treated to a dinner filled with the influences of Hispanic cultures and traditions.

"Our Dual Language Program is quite successful because of the hard work and dedication of our teachers and staff," explained Fostertown Principal Maritza Ramos. "We inherited a wonderful program from Principal Lillian Torres of the old West Street School who started the program five years ago. Today, those fourth grade students are readers, writers and speakers of both languages."

The Dual Language Program aims to build proficiency in both English and Spanish for English Language Learners as well as for native English-speaking children. Such a key tool will prove very useful as these students continue their educational careers, as the world we live in has become increasingly bilingual in recent times.

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