KHS students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Kalama School District students and staff celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month  with a special after-school event for students of all ages.

The celebratory event took place on Wednesday, October 11, in the Kalama Middle School lower gym and commons. The event featured a multitude of engaging activities including an indoor soccer match and crafts. Attendees also enjoyed traditional Latin music and treats.

Maria Londono, the district’s Multilingual Learner Coordinator, helped to organize the celebration.

“More than 12% of our student body is Latin/Hispanic, and it’s important to recognize and celebrate that diversity,” said Londono. “In addition to fostering a sense of ownership and pride among our Hispanic students, these events can help other students form a better understanding of cultures and traditions they might not be familiar with. Knowing more about different cultures can ultimately improve empathy and open our minds.”


Maria Wuollet, a Spanish teacher at Kalama High School, echoed Londono’s sentiment.

“Culture is so much more than where a person comes from. It’s about traditions, customs, food and influences from other countries,” she said. “The more we learn about other cultures, the better we understand our peers.”

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The district plans to host a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration every year, as it provides a platform for students to learn about the richness of Hispanic cultures while showcasing the strong sense of community in Kalama.