Lancaster, TX/Lancaster ISD – As National Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, Lancaster ISD will host its 5th Annual Hispanic Heritage Bowl on Saturday, October 27 at Lancaster High School from 8 AM – 2 PM.
“The community should come out and celebrate the academic achievements of our students here in the district, “Hispanic Heritage Bowl Chairwoman Crystal Cromer said. “They should also attend the event to honor the history and culture.”
This special event is themed “Día de los Muertos – Day of the Dead” and will feature activities for all ages. The featured speaker for the event is Clara Alaniz, Digital Learning Specialist in Plano, TX. She is a former educator who is now a dedicated change agent for digital literacy and digital citizenship as well as a passionate advocate for all students.
“While celebrating Hispanic history, the decorations and activities will mirror festivals of the Día del los Muertos traditions,” Cromer said. “The event will also feature a culture art competition as well as the Hispanic Heritage Bowl academic contest.”
Cromer said there will be entertainment including live music from Lancaster High School’s band, Folklorico dancers, and a movie viewing of Disney’s “Coco.”
“We have many activities for all ages including arts and crafts, face painting and even a bounce house,” Cromer said. “There will also be food vendors along with other vendors from our community there as well.”
Cromer said the event also serves as an academic benefit for students who participate.
“The event helps students, families, volunteers and community members to identify with the U.S. Latino stories that shape the experiences and identify the Hispanic culture through the history facts, arts and music,” she said.
Houston Health Science Technology Academy Instructional Coach Blanca Rodriguez has been working with a team that will be represented in the competition component of the event. She said there are many benefits to students participating in the Hispanic Heritage Bowl.
“Through practice of the questions, students are reading informative text they otherwise may not be willing to work on,” Rodriguez said. “The social interaction among the team members is such that they come away with new friends they may not have necessarily interacted with on a daily basis.”
Rodriguez said even though the bowl is very competitive, the event is more about the overall experience for everyone involved.
“When competing students need to know that we have high expectations about their performance,” Rodriguez said. “With that comes the reminder that although we want to win, winning is not everything. We all gain experience because of the knowledge and camaraderie we walk away with.”
Lancaster is a growing community with a diverse population and this event will help those in attendance to identify with the Hispanic culture.
“This event is important because it gives students a chance to recognize the important contributions people have made to society,” Rodriguez said. “It is all about people who look like them, grew up like them and do some of the things they do. It opens their minds to the possibilities that exist through hard work and dedication.”