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VRS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage with Salsa Assembly

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and continually learning about different cultures, Virginia Road School students were treated to a salsa performance by professional musicians.

From guitar and saxophone to percussion and wind instruments, the guests from Willie Martinez and Friends showcased their robust talents and shared rhythmic music with the entire school during two special assemblies on Oct. 4.

“Our students are being exposed to different types of music,” said VRS library media specialist Tracey Jackson. “This was a chance for the children to see the cultural aspect of musical instruments. It’s an opportunity to see them being played live.”

From the audience, children clapped their hands and moved about as the music filled the room. Some students were invited on stage to show off their dancing skills. Others had the chance to tap on a drum to hear its sound.

“This couples with what the children learn in music class – learning rhythm and keeping in time with the music,” said Ms. Jackson.

In addition to the salsa music assembly, Virginia Road School celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month in individual classes. Ms. Jackson added that throughout the month, she highlights representative books in the library so that students can identify with them and also learn about countries that are not represented regularly.

“Every year, we try to celebrate cultures that aren’t often as celebrated,” she said. “The students aren’t looking at how we’re different from each other. They’re seeing that everyone is similar – and they are accepting.”