CJ Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The CJ community is learning more about many of their own as the school celebrates Hispanic Heritage month from September 15 - October 15.

“Hispanic Heritage month is definitely a tie in when studying Spanish,” language chair and Spanish teacher Peg Regan ‘73 noted. “We also have a good number of students who are of Hispanic heritage and we wanted to recognize that. Another good way was to recognize our employees who are of Hispanic heritage.”

During the first week of Hispanic Heritage month, clues were given during the morning announcements about English teacher, Dan Eiser, Administrative Assistant to the President, Katie Espino, and Assistant Athletic Director, Jeremy Greenleaf — all who are of Hispanic descent.

“My mom’s family is from Matamoros, Mexico,” Eiser said. “My grandpa came over from there and we’ve been back a couple times.”

“Both of my parents are from Mexico but I was born in the U.S., so I’m Mexican American,” Espino shared. “I’m very proud of my culture. I live in a community with a lot of Latinos and I do a lot of work in the Latino community here in Dayton.”

“My mom is full Spanish and I was born in Spain,” Greenleaf reflected. “My dad was stationed over in Spain and met my mom. We moved to Germany when I was three and moved to the U.S. when I was seven.”

Along with recognizing CJ employees of Hispanic descent, Regan said the CJ community has additional opportunities to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month.

“There is Hispanic music being played this week in the mornings before school starts,” Regan shared. “We will also have Hispanic trivia during the student lunches on Friday, October 13. All are invited to join us for Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Sunday, October 15 at 1:15 p.m. as the church is a Hispanic parish.”

Espino noted, “I think it’s important to recognize Hispanic Heritage month given our recent increase in Latino students in the CJ community.”

Eiser agreed, “As our community grows, we’ll celebrate it more and more.”

Posted September 27, 2017