Area students treated to a one-of-a-kind Spanish experience

TAYLOR COUNTY—Students from Taylor County Middle School have been sharing a cultural experience with other students and the community.

Last Saturday, the community gathered at the middle school for a one-of-a kind experience, at the Annual Spanish Festival.

Spanish Teacher Blanca Skaggs founded the community event in 2003.

The event featured performances of folkloric and modern dances from Spanish-speaking countries, as well as student competitions in skits, plays, singing and salsa dancing.

“What inspired me to create this festival was the need I saw in my school and community to have a richer perspective of the diversity within Hispanic culture and to develop community awareness of the benefits and rewards of studying a second language,” she expressed

In addition, there were special guests presentations from Sandra and Diego Serrano, from Spain, as well as Sra. Graciela Barreto.

During lunch, many authentic dishes were served including Venezuelan rice and chicken, taco salad, taquitos, Spanish sausage and much more.

After lunch, attendees watched a cultural display that included poems, salsa dancing, a fashion show and a Mexican Hat Dance, performed by the seventh and eighth graders.

Skaggs shared that the event was a great success, and it brought together students from around the area, parents and the community at large.

“Thank you to all the special people who worked in so many ways to make this day a success. Due to the number and not wanting to miss anyone, please accept my gratitude from the bottom of my heart. God Bless you all. Dios los bendiga,” expressed Skaggs.

On Wednesday, the seventh and eighth grade students brought the cultural experience to West Taylor Elementary School in the morning and Anna Jarvis Elementary School in the afternoon.

During the performance, the students performed skits, sang songs and performed dances for the younger students to enjoy.

At the end of the program, Skaggs and her students taught the students a few dances and the students participated in the Macarena.

West Taylor Elementary School Principal Jamison Fisher shared that she was glad that the students were provided with the opportunity to experience the Spanish culture.

“I believe the students at Taylor County Middle School did a fantastic job representing their school,” said Fisher. I loved that the performance was very interactive and the students enjoyed learning about a new culture.”

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