Today is the last day of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Students at Gulfport High School celebrated the day today.
Gulfport High School’s English as a Second Language Program celebrated the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing about their individual cultures and what this month means to them. Student Jasmine Sanchez said, “It’s very important time because we get to talk about our cultures so that everyone can know more about Hispanic culture.”
Gulfport High’s ESL program focuses on assisting students who have a different native language while helping them develop their English. With the goal to intertwine cultures, this month was special for their Hispanic students. Student Kimberly Castaneda said, “We celebrate it for a few reasons. We want to show who we are, what we live for, and who we want to be.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau of 2019, Mississippi’s Hispanic population exceeds over 90,000 people. So with schools like Gulfport, Hispanic heritage can be learned by anyone. ESL Teacher Glenda Cilliers said, “We tie the connections between the Americans and society and Hispanic society. So that’s the way we are connected, to know each other, to love each other, we are one, not as a color or a culture, but just as one.”
To learn more about the English as a Second Language program visit Gulfport High’s website.