When students arrive at Ms. Audra’s classroom in Science Park, they’re used to finding a Riddle of the Week to solve, like, “What travels all around the world but stays in one place?” Since mid-September, Ms. Audra has been using the real estate on her whiteboard to put forth another challenge: “Let’s learn Spanish!”
Each week, in honor of National Hispanic American Heritage Month, students can practice a different phrase, like “Mi nombre es…” or “Me gusto leer.”
National Hispanic American Heritage Month runs from Sept 15 to Oct. 15, to honor Hispanic culture and to pay “tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched” communities throughout our nation. More than 56.6 million people in the United States are Hispanic, which adds up to about 18 percent of the population, and here at New Haven Reads, 40 percent percent of our students are Hispanic.
While we strive to celebrate Hispanic culture year-long, this special month gives us another reason to shine a light on the rich stories, heroes, artwork, and accomplishments of Hispanic Americans and Hispanic countries across the world. As always, our favorite way to celebrate is with books and language—from Ms. Audra’s mini lesson in Spanish, to curated book displays at each of our tutoring sites.
At our Willow Street site, Ms. Carol was proud to top the bookshelves with a wide range of titles to ring in National Hispanic American Heritage Months, from biographies on Frida Kahlo to an illustrated compilation of Latin American folktales called The Dragon Slayer.
Want to donate diverse titles for New Haven Reads to redistribute free of charge into the community? Or explore our existing selection? Learn more about contributions here, and visit our Bristol Street Book Bank during the following hours:
Monday to Wednesday: 1 – 7 p.m.
Thursday: 1 – 6 p.m.
Friday: 12 – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.