Grace Wilday Artifact Exhibit Caps Hispanic Heritage Month in Roselle

ROSELLE – Students at Grace Wilday Junior High School learned a lesson on Hispanic culture from their fellow students on last month.

The school hosted an artifact display and exhibition in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. English as a Second Language students organized the event and served as guides to their fellow students, with the help of ESL Teacher Iris Cruz. Classes took turns touring the exhibit while ESL students explained the cultural significance of certain objects and answered questions.


The display featured cultural items from various Hispanic countries in South America, Central America and the Caribbean. Students brought in artifacts from their own ancestral countries of origin. Folk dresses, clay pots, ornaments, pictures, paintings, hats, ponchos and more were on display.

The goal of the program was to celebrate the culturally rich and diverse Latino communities at Grace Wilday Junior High School and to teach Roselle students about different cultures. Lessons on cultural history were presented throughout the school during Hispanic Heritage Month.

“As educators of Grace Wilday Junior High School, our mission is to produce intellectual students who think globally,” Cruz said. “To achieve this goal, we wanted to expose our students to a diverse array of cultures and help them develop an appreciation for many forms of art from cultures from around the world.”


English as a Second Language students at Grace Wilday Junior High School in Roselle organized the school’s Hispanic Heritage Month artifact exhibit, with the help of their teachers. From left to right: Anthony Pinzon, 11, Juana Lucas, 13, ESL Teacher Ruth Sezer, Bernardo Ramirez, 13 and ESL Teacher Iris Cruz.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Grace Wilday Junior High School English as a Second Language student Bernardo Ramirez, 13, presents a cultural exhibit on Mexico to Guidance Counselor Teresa Petracca during the school’s Hispanic Heritage Month artifact display on Oct. 30 in Roselle.

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