On November 15th and 16th, the North Tama Spanish Club made their way to Chicago to learn more about Hispanic culture. The Spanish Club left at 5:30 on Friday morning and arrived around 11:30 to the Latin Dance Studio, where the 18 students and five adults were taught the dances bachata and salsa. Next, they did a little sightseeing downtown at Navy Pier and Millennium Park. Friday night, the Spanish Club went to Medieval Times to see how knights used to battle it out in Spain.
"I had never been to Chicago before and I looked forward most to seeing the city and experiencing life there. I learned that the Hispanics like art a lot and and believe in it," said Alyssa Wrage, a sophomore at North Tama.
Saturday was the day that the Spanish Club got to experience real Hispanic culture. They got to go to Pilsen, a Mexican village to go on a mural tour, visit a Day of the Dead exhibit at the National Museum of Mexican Art, order lunch using the Spanish they have learned in class, and shop downtown in Little Mexico at La Panadera, a bread bakery, and El Supermercado, a supermarket.
The Spanish Club poses with their Latin dance instructor, Miguel, after learning the Bachata and Salsa.
"We really don't have diversity here in Traer, and it is important to eliminate common stereotypes and have the students realize that everyone is an important person no matter their background or skin color," said Kristi Martin, Spanish teacher at North Tama and the director of the Spanish Club. She also adds, "My favorite part of the trip was getting to know the students in a different environment and giving them the opportunity to be exposed to city life and different cultures. And of course, seeing them use their Espaol!"
They finished the day by shopping on the Magnificent Mile before making their trek home. They got home around 11:30 Saturday night.
"I hope the students had fun and it is something that they can look back and remember from their high school years!" said Martin.