UNION, NJ – Fourth grade Hispanic Heritage Club members at Connecticut Farms School had a chance at their after-school club on Thursday to paint Talavera pottery, a Mexican and Spanish pottery tradition named from Talavera de la Reina, Spain.
Spanish teacher and Hispanic Heritage Club leader Gina Lisa-Fernandez said the students painted the white based vases with vibrant colors such as blue, green, yellow, orange and red. She said this year there are 21 students in the Hispanic Heritage Club at Connecticut Farms School.
The afterschool club, running during Hispanic Heritage Month, concentrates on helping students share knowledge and experiences about countries where Spanish is spoken. The purpose of the after-school program is to foster interest in Hispanic culture and to provide an opportunity to practice Spanish language and learn about the Hispanic culture in an informal setting.
“The Hispanic Heritage Club is meant to bring together students who are interested in the Spanish language and culture,” said Lisa-Fernandez. “During the meetings, the goal will be to offer exposure to the Spanish-speaking world and its diverse cultures.”
According to Lisa-Fernandez, club members will be exposed to the rich Hispanic culture found in our increasingly bilingual nation, and the global community. The intent is to be both educational and fun, so members can “look beyond the doors of their own homes and school, and become more tolerant of differences regarding race, language, and customs.”