A summer book challenge among staff evolved into a celebration of diversity, embracing cultures and a new approach to student engagement for a group of teachers at Landrum Middle School.
Teacher Sofia Guerrero helped by recruiting staff to research how to increase student involvement and build authentic trust. To transfer thought into action, the middle school identified a weeklong celebration for students during Hispanic Heritage Month, which has been observed this month.
The celebration, a step in developing a climate of understanding, is rooted in creating experiences where students as individuals come together and celebrate who they are.
This event is the first of many celebrations that the middle school plans to host this year as part of its ongoing, community-wide conversation about heritage, history, culture, and how the junction between them impacts a school's identity and key outcomes for kids.
Take a look inside and listen to what teachers and students have to say about the week’s festivities: