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SUMTER MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ENJOY CELEBRATING "CINCO DE MAYO"

 COSTUMED STUDENTS AT SUMTER COUNTY MIDDLE CELEBRATE
COSTUMED STUDENTS AT SUMTER COUNTY MIDDLE CELEBRATE

SUMTER MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ENJOY CELEBRATING "CINCO DE MAYO"

In English, "cinco de mayo" means the fifth of May. Originating in Mexico as a day to celebrate a victory in battle against overwhelming odds of the French army. However, in recent years it has become more of a celebration in the USA where it allows an opportunity for a celebration of the Hispanic Heritage.

On May 4, at Sumter Middle School, students enjoyed learning about the culture of Mexico as they enjoyed Latino Music by the award-winning Sumter County Middle School Band with a presentation of the flags of the USA and Mexico. The student-led program at Sumter County Middle School spoke to the diverse student population of the school and some family members. Their families originate from many foreign countries. These include Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Vietnam and other world countries..

The informative program included Information about the history of cinco de mayo, a dance in the cultural costumes, information about Mexico, and a presentation of quincenera dresses. Guest speaker for the celebration was Mr. Guillermo Brito, Spanish Interpreter for Sumter County Schools. He was born and raised in Mexico, came to the United States and graduated from Auburn University.

Some 55 Hispanic students attend Sumter County Middle School. During the week before the celebration, students learned a "Spanish Word for the Day" over the intercom. At the Cinco De Mayo celebration, most of these "new" words were used throughout the program. Visitors can see the pin-pointed world map location of students, at Sumter County Middle School, who have origins from countries throughout the world.

The program was coordinated by Mrs. Janie Stafflin, ESOL Teacher at Sumter Middle School.
Before their entrance into the school's gym for their Modern and Traditional Spanish Dance, costumed students at Sumter County Middle School these students pause to smile and celebrate the beginning of the "Cinco De Mayo" program at their school.



 
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