Be prepared to experience Spanish culture in its fullest at TCMS’s festival

GRAFTON—Mark your calendars for a special event hosted by the Taylor County Middle School Spanish class.

Taylor County Middle School will hold its traditional Festival de Actuaciуn en Espaсol-Spanish Performance Festival.

The students at the school will host the festival on Saturday, March 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Event Organizer and Spanish Teacher Blanca Skaggs shared that she founded the festival in 2003 and it is another example of a community service that she provides.

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

“It is an event that brings together students from around the area, parents and our community at large,” said Skaggs.

“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

She shared that the festival requires an abundance of time and effort by many community volunteers, former students, someone to be master of ceremonies, university professors who help by being judges and Hispanic guests who perform for the audience. 

The festival is separated into two parts. Part one is a competition among the students. There will be four categories acting, singing, dancing and a salsa-dancing contest.

She noted that during the second part students will perform an authentic folkloric dance and Native speakers will perform.

Some of the highlights for this year’s festival will be students performing Green Eggs and Ham in Spanish, The M&M Super Bowl Commercial and more.

Skaggs shared that during the day there will be four dances, three singers and 12 pairs of students will dance the salsa.

Many students are going to participate including TCMS Spanish Students, GHS Spanish Students, members of the Hispanic National Honor Students, along with some homeschooled students 

The event is open to the public. Admission is $5, and guests will enjoy a Hispanic lunch that includes many authentic dishes including taco salad, Spanish sausage, Venezuelan rice and chicken, tamales and more.

Skaggs encourages the community to put fun in your daily routine and join the Spanish students at Taylor County Middle School, for a day of entertainment, competition, learning and cultural experiences.

For more information or to buy tickets, please contact Skaggs at Taylor County Middle School by calling 304-265-0770, or by e-mailing [email protected]

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