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Hispanic Heritage Month at Cheltenham Elementary

Cheltenham Elementary Principal Nicolas Perez, whose ethnic roots are from Puerto Rico, presented his heritage to various CES classrooms this week. Perez spoke with students about Puerto Rico’s various cultural influences, from Spaniards to the native Taino, and reviewed the various cultures’ impacts on music, celebrations and traditions.hispanic heritage

He exhibited a traditional “Bomba and Plena” folk dress (special thanks to  second grade teacher Stephanie Summers for wearing it), worn in traditional celebrations, and traditional instruments, such as a “guiro,” a Latin American percussion instrument consisting of an open-ended, hollow gourd with parallel notches cut in one side; "maracas," rattles usually played in pairs by shaking them; and "claves," a percussion instrument with a pair of cylindrical hardwood sticks of about eight inches, one of which is held in the player's fingertips over the cupped hand (a resonator). When struck, they produce a sharp ringing sound.