The Grammy nominated “Sones de Mexico Ensemble” visited the school, performing songs and telling traditional Latin folktales, all in celebration of Latino Heritage Month.
“I think it’s important because people don’t get to witness a lot of different cultures, and sometimes we don’t really have the opportunities, we’re sort of within our own groups, we stay in our own cliques, so it’s nice to see a different culture that we don’t get to see everyday,” said Metea Valley student Jasmine Martinez.
The popular group got students out of their seats, teaching them about tempo and even doing a few dances.
Metea Valley’s Symphonic Winds also joined the ensemble onstage, to play a song based on the legend of La Llorona, a traditional Mexican folktale told to spook children.
The group imparted a cultural lesson important for those from all backgrounds to learn.
“I think it’s very necessary, like I’m saying, for our kids and our teenagers to understand our roots and why we are so proud to be Latino,” said Ward 2 Alderman with the City of Aurora, Juany Garza.
Latino Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 each year.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.
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