CMDS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

by Amanda Mallory

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! This commemorative month, which lasts from September 15 to October 15, is a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions, cultures and histories of Hispanic Americans.

September 15 is significant because it is the Independence Day of multiple Latin American countries, including Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. This special month is the perfect time to teach children to embrace other cultures and backgrounds. Teaching cultural awareness helps children become more confident in their own identities and more accepting of others.

CMDS Spanish Teacher Amanda Mallory

At CMDS, students are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by learning about the rich cultures and histories of Hispanic countries.

  • SK-2nd Grade learned how to salsa dance! They’ve been practicing Spanish colors by following a key to color flags of Hispanic countries.
  • In 3rd and 4th Grade, we are studying Mexican culture and practicing Spanish vocabulary by playing Pirinola, a Mexican children’s game that uses a spinner with Spanish commands.
  • The 5th and 6th Grade glasses are also playing Pirinola to practice their Spanish in addition to studying multiple Hispanic countries. They also made their own colorful paper flowers, a traditional Mexican craft.

The students have had a blast celebrating Hispanic culture and learning traditional Hispanic dances, games and crafts.

Looking for fun ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in Memphis?

Check out the list of events and activities below and find ways to celebrate this important month with the whole family!

1. Watch Coco at the Levitt Shell.

Coco is a fun children’s movie that is rich with Hispanic culture. Even if you’ve already seen the film, don’t miss this chance for a family movie night at the Levitt Shell’s Film & Music Night on Saturday, October 6 at 7 p.m.

2. Check out Colombian Art at the Brooks.

The Brooks Museum of Art is featuring a Rotunda Project by Colombian artist Federico Uribe. The exhibit includes magical displays filled with animals made from materials such as colored pencils, books and wood fragments. This exhibit is perfect for the animal lover!

3. Cool Off with a Paleta at La Michoacana.

These yummy frozen treats are usually made with fresh fruit and are sure to hit the spot!

La Michoacana
4091 Summer Ave.
Memphis, TN 38122

4. Fill Up on Authentic Latino Food.

Visit your favorite Mexican restaurant, or try out one from this list!

Las Tortugas (Mexican)
​Las Delicias (Mexican)
Sabrosura (Cuban/Mexican)
Havana’s Pilon (Cuban)

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the rich histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic Americans. I hope you’ll choose to enjoy at least one of these fun activities (or come up with your own) to celebrate this special month.

Christ Methodist Day School opened its doors in 1958 to 75 kindergarten students. Since then, CMDS has stayed true to its Christian elementary school roots while continuing to thrive as one of the best private schools in Memphis. Come see why we are the primary choice for so many Memphis families.


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