It started with a simple idea.
World Language faculty member Jonathan Smith went “old school” with his Spanish 4 Honors students and led them in an activity where they wrote letters of interest to consulates in New York City. Our students requested information about the country, and invited consular staff for a visit at DHS. They affixed a postal stamp and away the letters went.
Junior Morgan Kennedy wrote to the Guatemalan Consulate. Ms. María Belén graciously accepted the invitation, and held students and teachers in rapt attention during her visit on June 1.
Junior Ryan Morales wrote to the Uruguayan Consulate. Mr. Federico Zanatta, Economic and Cultural Office Manager, graciously accepted Ryan’s invitation and also joined us on Wednesday, June 1.
Ms. Belén and Mr. Zanatta are here flanked by appreciative students. Another member of the class, Junior Colin Banks arranged for a visit from the Peruvian Consulate, which occurred via videoconference on Thursday, June 2. Elise Mercein’s letter brought us educational materials from the Colombian Consulate, and Peter Case’s persuasive letter prompted the Mexican Embassy to send us an award-winning DVD documentary.
We are proud of our students for their fine work in bringing to our school an exciting array of opportunities to gain insights and appreciation of many vibrant and beautiful cultures from around the world!